Hartley's Nurseries is now in the hands of the sixth generation of Hartleys - a rare achievement for a family business these days. Bill Hartley, a former international athlete, is the current owner of the business, together with his wife, Ann-Louise. Bill's athletics career spanned the 1970s and 1980s and his achievements included European Gold and Commonwealth Silver medals. His race was the 400m hurdles, plus he was a regular member of Britain's men's 4x4 relay team.
Hartley's Nurseries has developed from a small fruit and vegetable shop to a large plant centre and flower shop. A Cafe was added in 2011.
Hartley's are specialist growers of bedding plants and hanging baskets. The flower shop is well known for producing lovely, long-lasting floral arrangements for all occasions. Ann-Louise is one of the few people in Britain who buys flowers and plants directly from the Dutch Auctions, being able to connect directly with Holland each morning via computer link. This has virtually eliminated the need to purchase via wholesalers and means that Hartley's flowers arrive directly from the growers and tend to have extended vase lives because of this.
Access from the A59 is easy and there is ample car parking.
In 2017, Hartley's created an innovative Flower Room for retail sales. This mirrored and refrigerated flower display area, together with the installation of a cooling and heating system in the Cafe, was part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. These two improvements have both proved great successes ensuring increased customer satisfaction due to the better environments in the Cafe and for the flower sales.