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The History of Bell Plantation

Take a look back at our history and how we became The Bell Plantation Garden Centre.

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About Bell Plantation

Here at Bell Plantation, we have one main passion, and that is the great outdoors. We want you to enjoy the outdoors as much as we do and we think that starts in your garden. That’s why we have a simple purpose; to help, support and supply you with everything you need to make your garden look amazing, in a relaxed and enjoyable shopping environment.

To give you an idea of what drives this passion it might be good for you to know a bit about where we started and how we got here. We are a family business, run by the family which was started by Ashley and Sheena Warren when they first moved to the site in 1987.

The Beginning

At that time, the A43 dual carriageway didn’t exist and the couple moved into what is now the Nursery school at the bottom of the car park. They quickly extended the house and Ashley started operating his landscape gardening business from the site.

More Land

In 1990, they purchased another 4 acres of land and quickly achieved planning permission to erect polytunnels to grow produce for the landscape business and sow the first seed of the future garden centre.

In 1992 the couple purchased 2 more acres with agricultural barns and converted one of the barns into offices, using 2 of them for the landscape business and letting a further 6 to other businesses.

In 1995, they purchased a further 28 acres of agricultural land which makes up the extent of the current site. Ashley has always loved cattle and kept a small herd of longhorn cattle on this land as well as some others. He also kept chickens near the garden centre car park which created a lot of interest with our customers at the time who wanted to keep chickens themselves.

The Road Begins

In 1996 the second barn was converted into a garden centre shop which was quickly superseded in 1998…

The Build

by 8,000 sq feet of glass that replaced the polytunnels that originally existed.

The continuing growth of the garden centre business meant that in 2003 Ashley built the courtyard as it stands today, operated the garden centre from the main building and let the rest of the space to tenants.

In 2007, the site achieved planning permission for a further 40,000 sq feet of retail space with only 4,000 ft currently achieved. We took over the Café business in 2009, which was originally let to another company.

The café business was a real challenge to start with but has now grown to be a valuable addition to our business and the site. In September 2014, we started operating the Farm Shop at the front of the courtyard as a way of pulling together Ashley’s passion for horticulture and agriculture with the development of the Café business.

2016 – 2018…More Retail Space

In 2016 we expanded our retail footprint with a new 4,000sq ft Shop and a 7,000 sq ft Glass House to bring all our businesses under one roof. This gave us some much-needed extra retail space and helped us to become an all-weather destination, bringing a cohesive approach to our retail offering. In October 2018 we carried out a further expansion of our retail areas! We completed a further 10,000 sq ft of covered, heated retail space.

This incorporated our existing outdoor pot area and joined up with our plant canopy. The new retail space houses more giftware, gardening ancillary products and houseplants. We have also moved our Poultry products and accessories into the space which means that you, our customers, can now shop a much wider range of products while keeping warm and dry!

Time Lapse of the 2016 Building Work

2019-2020 More Exciting Developments

In October 2019 we started the next phase of our development – follow all of the updates on this project by clicking below. Don’t forget to sign up to the Bell Plantation Loyalty Scheme to be sent all of the latest information about exclusive events and promotions direct to your inbox.

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WHERE TO FIND US
Watling Street
Towcester
Northants
NN12 6GX
United Kingdom

HOW TO CALL US
01327 354 126

FEEL FREE TO EMAIL US
enquiries@bellplantation.co.uk

VISIT US
Garden Centre, Food Hall & Poultry Centre
Mon-Sat: 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 4:30pm
Café
Mon to Sat: 9 am- 5 pm
Sun: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Lovely experience will be going back soon
mark butler
mark butler
13:23 18 Apr 21
Great info and guidance given by the chicken/duck staff
Neithie Dear
Neithie Dear
12:07 18 Apr 21
Really good. We have waited so long to get back to some resemblance of order. Our outside meal was good. Thanks.
Mike Hornett
Mike Hornett
16:09 14 Apr 21
Plenty of stock at reasonable prices.
Richard Senior
Richard Senior
10:49 05 Apr 21
Brilliant garden centre
Frédéric Wiseur
Frédéric Wiseur
13:20 29 Mar 21
Great shop, staff very helpful 👍
Steve Fothergill
Steve Fothergill
14:07 27 Mar 21
Excellent will definitely return
Leonard Graham
Leonard Graham
23:34 20 Mar 21
Great range of plants and lots more besides!
Melanie Commons
Melanie Commons
17:41 20 Mar 21
Friendly staff and very helpful
mick gyori
mick gyori
16:53 16 Mar 21
Great day out at Bells.always lovley plants and lots of choice
Christine Porter
Christine Porter
18:34 12 Mar 21
Great service and everything you need
Mark Petty
Mark Petty
08:48 08 Mar 21
Well stocked very very helpful staff reasonable prices great place for kids they got chickens and other birds for sale
Robert Ellis
Robert Ellis
12:19 04 Mar 21
Very good. Nice visit, all safe and sanitize on your way in
Penny Clarke
Penny Clarke
12:44 22 Feb 21
Nice Garden centre, with friendly staff and an interesting range of goods
Peter Norris
Peter Norris
12:36 07 Feb 21
Always good service and friendly knowledgeable staff
Graham Dyson
Graham Dyson
12:08 23 Dec 20
Cafe menu is a bit more limited than usual, but still good food. The best chips I have ever had.Centre has a wide range of Christmas decorations in stock.Nice range of food in centre as well.Great place for a browse
Lynda Hadfield
Lynda Hadfield
20:32 14 Dec 20
Very helpful staff. A pleasant experience all round.
Sue Hartley
Sue Hartley
15:13 03 Dec 20
Popped in to pick up a waterproof jacket for himself. Found the very thing - a wax jacket at a good price. This was similar to my one which we bought from there a couple of months ago.Job done.
Jo Davies
Jo Davies
20:43 20 Nov 20
Nice place.. a little on the high side but cool place
David Young
David Young
15:51 14 Nov 20
Well organised, very safe, huge choice for garden and gifts, and outside plants in excellent condition
Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis
17:21 12 Nov 20
Great food, my ducks love it;()
Neil
Neil
21:54 02 Nov 20

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