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In 1996 the second barn was converted into a garden centre shop which was quickly superseded in 1998…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

Great food
Paul Mcgill
Paul Mcgill
11:28 25 Oct 20
Great place to visit, particularly good staff on the poultry section
Rob Hayes
Rob Hayes
16:29 24 Oct 20
Service in the restaurant/cafe was first class, everything sanitised before you sit down
Jason Stretton
Jason Stretton
11:48 24 Oct 20
Nice food in the cafe. Plantation and garden centre very well stocked
Seth Wilde
Seth Wilde
12:49 23 Oct 20
Went to buy chickens, very good place but price was a little steep.
H Baker
H Baker
15:56 18 Oct 20
Visited the cafe, 🐕 friendly but you have to sit outside so was a bit cold. Food was lush though
Viv Wilkinson
Viv Wilkinson
14:16 17 Oct 20
The restaurant is very well equipped to cope with social distancing. I had a cheese scone which was absolutely delicious.
Helen Smedley
Helen Smedley
12:46 10 Oct 20
Tasty fresh food in our afternoon tea.
Martin Clark
Martin Clark
15:41 06 Oct 20
Nice food and tables well distanced. Table service provided however it was slow. We waited about half hour for our cups of tea to arrive along with our sandwiches and kids meal. Nice and clean though.
Jennifer Ridgley
Jennifer Ridgley
14:58 04 Oct 20
Great
jon ludgate
jon ludgate
14:34 03 Oct 20
Cafe well thought out. All staff very friendly and quick service. Food good, well presented and reasonably priced. You could spend best part of a day there with so much to see around the rest of the centre.
Yvonne Davies
Yvonne Davies
11:07 02 Oct 20
Was a lovely afternoon. We had food which was really nice. Overall experience was great.
Julie Currington
Julie Currington
15:18 22 Sep 20
Great garden center and not just plants
Deano Slaney
Deano Slaney
19:01 21 Sep 20
Good price great staff .
Tony Mitten
Tony Mitten
18:04 19 Sep 20
Cafe social distancing was excellent even social distancing in the men's toilet urinal area.Food was lovely as usual and staff were very friendly and welcoming.
Adrian Tinsley
Adrian Tinsley
11:59 19 Sep 20
Excellent lovely lunch great atmosphere staff very friendly.
Christine Allen
Christine Allen
15:07 14 Sep 20
Great shop shame they have started putting Xmas bits and bobs out already slightly too early I think
mark jennings
mark jennings
14:04 14 Sep 20
Good food, everyone social distanced, most wearing facemasks. Polite staff. Enjoyed visiting Vitreus Art new gallery and workshops.
terry boardman
terry boardman
14:41 12 Sep 20
Garden Centre good restaurant slow. We waited 15 minutes for order to taken then 20 minutes for it to appear, only wanted 2 lattes! Not too busy when we got there but soon filled, some of them served b4 us who went in later.
Pat Whetstone
Pat Whetstone
14:42 06 Sep 20
Very good, the cafe has been made bigger and everything is laid out for social distancing.
Barry Clarke
Barry Clarke
15:59 05 Sep 20
Great cream tea at a good price.Garden centre well laud out with lots to coos from at reasonable prices.
Paul Parsons
Paul Parsons
13:46 31 Aug 20
Wonderful place, to chillax the day away. Lovely garden centre and My Little Vintage is gorgeous! Well worth a visit!
monica blackwood
monica blackwood
18:47 21 Aug 20
I go to get my haircut at the Barber Works, would definitely recommend Nick, highly professional.
Thom Stitt
Thom Stitt
16:14 21 Aug 20
Love everything about the cafe, the food, which was delicious, the staff, who are very customer focused, the relaxed atmosphere, and their Covid procedures make you feel confident and comfortable.
Alan Ashford
Alan Ashford
20:52 12 Aug 20

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