Growing is a word that describes both the business and the ambition of Grow at Brogdale. The Fruit Tree and Plant Centre provides plants and trees to a wide range of customers, including local businesses, councils, schools and community projects. Their primary product is heritage fruit trees, which are grafted from the historic orchards at Brogdale, meaning that each tree is a “little piece of local history” in itself.
The business has been developing under the leadership of General Manager Donna Cooper. Donna discussed how Grow at Brogdale has been developing: “We have been focused over the last few years in improving our nursery and promoting awareness of Brogdale, which we believe is a hidden gem that should be put on the map! In terms of our own business, we have been working hard to make it easier for customers to access our products – we have invested in a new website, which has an online shop and have employed a member of staff solely to manage our new delivery service.”
One of the key strengths of the family run business is the specialist service offered by their knowledgable staff. Donna commented: “everyone who works within this industry does so as it is a passion rather than just a job, and we like to think of our staff as an extension of our family. We appreciate everyone who works with us tremendously and do as much as we can to make Grow an enjoyable and comfortable place to work in that we can all take pride in.”
Grow at Brogdale have been working in partnership with Brogdale CIC to give disabled and disadvantaged people the opportunity to get involved in horticulture. The team are keen to develop this partnership and offer more opportunities going forward.
When asked why Grow at Brogdale had entered the 2016 Swale Business Awards Donna explained: “Winning an award would make a huge difference to us as well as being a fantastic opportunity to put Grow at Brogdale in the limelight and give greater awareness to the work that we do. It would also be a be wonderful way to thank everyone involved with us.”
Grow at Brogdale