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In 1996 the second barn was converted into a garden centre shop which was quickly superseded in 1998…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

2019 EXPANSION

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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

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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

Is .....G R E A T....t.t.t....🎩
Zdzislaw Burdzy
Zdzislaw Burdzy
17:07 22 Oct 19
Magdalena Poniatowska-Kulaga
Magdalena Poniatowska-Kulaga
21:08 08 Oct 19
Amazing selection of plants and the biggest display of succulents I have seen. Even poultry if that’s your thing.Other outlets on site inc pet store and vintage bric a brac. Well worth a visit.
G Flinders
G Flinders
15:37 09 Sep 19
John Martin-Shepherd
John Martin-Shepherd
14:26 30 Aug 19
Nice place, lots of things to look at
peter wilson
peter wilson
11:07 18 Aug 19
Stacie TRIVETT
Stacie TRIVETT
14:36 06 Aug 19
As we buy all of our chicken and duck food from here the young lad in poultry section was very knowledgeable about the feed and stock and could not have been more helpful
David Hinks
David Hinks
07:54 21 Jul 19
Carole Hall
Carole Hall
10:46 17 Jul 19
Fabulous choice of things to see and buy. Amazing staff who are all friendly and helpful.The store card has great discount.We will come often even though we live 30 miles away😉
Doreen Chand
Doreen Chand
08:50 05 Jul 19
Brilliant garden centre!
Eduard Kriegler
Eduard Kriegler
15:10 23 Jun 19
A fantastic garden centre. Staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Nothing is to much, they will spend time with you showing you round the plants to get just what you need with plenty of advice given. Definitely worth a visit.
Elleb
Elleb
15:27 28 Feb 19
friendly and helpful staff, a well stocked with real ale from local brewers
Neal Gibson
Neal Gibson
22:49 07 Feb 19
Lovely place great staff great food all superb experience
Jenny Kirkwood
Jenny Kirkwood
17:22 02 Feb 19
Always a great cup of coffee and delicious breads and cakes.
david long
david long
08:47 31 Jan 19
Staff very friendly have been there many times to purchase poultry very happy
Patrick Devine
Patrick Devine
18:24 08 Dec 18
Helpful polite friendly staff, quality plants, great cafe, what more could you need.
Dave Lindsell
Dave Lindsell
16:45 31 Jul 18
loved the frock & shoe shop. Very different than the high street shops
Robert Brogden
Robert Brogden
11:41 09 Jun 18
føxý
føxý
13:08 31 May 18
Nice little garden centre, nice cafe/restaurant, some shops selling shoes dresses bric~ a ~brag, etc.
alan taylor
alan taylor
16:44 12 May 18
A must visit garden centre!
james hobbs
james hobbs
18:38 13 Apr 18
Ben Joyce
Ben Joyce
15:16 08 Apr 18
Great cafe. Staff very friendly and helpful. The menu is traditional fare well turned out.
Mark Goodall
Mark Goodall
14:52 30 Mar 18
Would highly recommend.
Silverstone Fleet Management
Silverstone Fleet Management
06:47 27 Mar 18
Amazing place.
Drone Works
Drone Works
06:46 27 Mar 18
Karen Gray
Karen Gray
14:39 10 Mar 18
Lovely place, reasonable garden centre, serves a great breakfast in the cafe.
Andy Andy
Andy Andy
09:29 09 Mar 18
Nice place to stop for lunch especially in the summer as there is outdoor seating (although limited), sells anything garden related from compost to quails
George Belsham
George Belsham
13:20 01 Feb 18
Great restaurant and garden centre, best poultry centre in the area.
Lyn Kearns
Lyn Kearns
16:38 08 Jan 18
It’s a very good place to get your Christmas trees from!!! I get mine form there every year and it makes Christmas that little bit more special for me and my family!!! Thanks bell plantation!!🎄
Mplus Morrison
Mplus Morrison
10:58 17 Dec 17
Matthew Whitman
Matthew Whitman
19:19 07 Dec 17
Nicola Woolford
Nicola Woolford
13:02 25 Nov 17
Great café, helpful for people with allergies, could do with better coffee though. Great place to wander for ages and lots of beautiful things to buy... Including chickens! 🐓
Yolomango yup
Yolomango yup
08:58 05 Nov 17
Jenn Wren
Jenn Wren
15:05 01 Nov 17
Food gem in garden centre delivers a relaxing environment, good choice of snacks from full breakfast to lunchtime specials at sensible prices.
Graham Robinson
Graham Robinson
13:16 31 Oct 17
Great restaurant. Excellent food and friendly service
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
09:51 11 Oct 17
Paul Smith
Paul Smith
17:17 07 Oct 17
Lovely garden centre with a lovely cafe. :- )
Craig Harris
Craig Harris
09:50 06 Oct 17
Mark O'Key
Mark O'Key
16:04 01 Oct 17
Stephen Hall
Stephen Hall
13:20 01 Oct 17
Allen Lynn
Allen Lynn
15:03 23 Sep 17
Visited for lunch yesterday. Café excellent. However, I was then overcharged for an item in The Shoe cabin's supposed sale. The cashier actually wrote a higher price on the tag, explaining that the existing price of £31.00 was 'a mistake'...She then wrote £44.00 on the tag before applying the sale discount!! I don't believe that this is legal? My friend and I were stunned with disbelief!
Hillie Vernon
Hillie Vernon
10:23 15 Sep 17
If you have not yet visited you are missing out! This is a fantastic place to go and explore. The garden centre has a great range of plants fro sure but this place offers much more. A poultry centre where you can view all types of poultry up close and buy some for your own supply of eggs! The cafe is tastefully created using old reclaimed brick and offers a great range of food and drinks. Then there are the other shops on site ranging from a wedding shop to a reptile centre where you often see snakes out in the open!
Clive Hawes
Clive Hawes
14:20 14 Sep 17
Really enjoyed our visit. Lovely shopping experience especially the Frock and Shoe shop.
Christine Abbott
Christine Abbott
15:27 13 Sep 17
Very pleasant. Fantastic food, very friendly staff, lots to see and experience including the chicken!
Dorothy Owen
Dorothy Owen
18:13 24 Aug 17
Had a meeting here nice place a little vintage cafe. Wifi was broken but very nice latte and not too expensive
Jules White
Jules White
18:20 21 Aug 17
Good food. Pleasant seating. Value for money.
Isobel Gilbert
Isobel Gilbert
17:34 21 Aug 17
Tracey Hart
Tracey Hart
16:18 20 Aug 17
Well laid out with everything you would expect from a garden centre. Excellent breakfast offering
Carl Ontong
Carl Ontong
10:12 19 Aug 17
Had a lovely breakfast and then a walk around the garden centre 😊
Ann Ray
Ann Ray
10:41 16 Aug 17
Very pleasant and relaxing, friendly happy and helpful staff, will always be back.
Mo Palmer
Mo Palmer
16:36 15 Aug 17
Fantastic place to visit staff are friendly and knowledgeable in the products they sell be it plant or animal
Ellen Davey
Ellen Davey
17:20 05 Aug 17
Gorgeous garden centre and lovely cafe 😊
Victoria Kemp
Victoria Kemp
16:05 05 Aug 17
John Allen
John Allen
18:45 04 Aug 17
Ok
Ryszard Stepien
Ryszard Stepien
15:42 01 Aug 17
A very pleasant place for a meal, stopped there twice no complaints at all
Michael Norman
Michael Norman
16:24 31 Jul 17
Susan Jwanczuk
Susan Jwanczuk
13:38 27 Jul 17
Love this place.
Diane Walker
Diane Walker
18:01 22 Jul 17
Good food and staff lovely
Morag Wardrop
Morag Wardrop
18:32 20 Jul 17
A our first visit to the Bell Plantation Garden Centre. Ideal place to stop for food and refreshments as it is located on a major road. Staff were very friendly and polite. Food was very good and well prepared. The beetroot spinach quiche was full of flavour. We sat outside but our bench didn't have a parasol and it got very hot and difficult to see as the white table reflected the sun light.
Barry Goodall
Barry Goodall
18:03 09 Jul 17
Evan
Evan
05:40 04 Jul 17
First visit since the upgrade/expansion. Very impressed.
Terry Gardner
Terry Gardner
13:21 27 Jun 17
Heather Snedker
Heather Snedker
12:47 10 Jun 17
Great brewery shop stacked with Towcester Mill Brewery beer, local gin, vodka and fruit wine... Bliss!
David Williams
David Williams
08:58 06 Jun 17
Smashing breakfast in the cafe.
Richard Clinker
Richard Clinker
15:48 08 May 17
Gail Lowdon
Gail Lowdon
16:48 08 Feb 17
Great garden centre with lots of little shops on site
Neil Milly
Neil Milly
18:50 19 Jun 16
Interesting place with a wide variety of small independent unusual retail outlets selling everything from second hand bargains to chickens. Well worth a visit for an hour or two with plenty of free parking and a nice cafeteria for refreshments
S Smith
S Smith
07:07 14 May 16
Karen Savile Platt
Karen Savile Platt
15:24 26 Dec 15
I love it at Bells. Gorgeous courtyard selling beautiful plants, a great Cafe and antiques shop and the Farm Shop sells yummy food, fresh meat and vegetables. Worth an afternoon out.
Alice Warren
Alice Warren
16:05 16 Sep 15
Freddie Warren
Freddie Warren
16:02 16 Sep 15
Really nice, family-friendly cafe with very nice food - good portion sizes too!
Alex Walker
Alex Walker
21:48 26 Apr 14
Great place, really nicely laid out. My kids loved the chickens, there are some huge ones there.
Simon Morton
Simon Morton
15:51 09 Nov 12

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