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Old hand David digs new centre

A revamped Solihull garden centre has been relaunched recently - by a man who has been connected with the company for over 60 years.

A revamped Solihull garden centre has been relaunched recently - by a man who has been connected with the company for over 60 years.

David Watkins, 82, has worked at Blooms Solihull Garden Centre since he was 19.

Back when his father owned the centre, over 60 years ago, it was known as Watkins Roses and grew about 400,000 roses each year. When David took over the company in 1984, he transformed the business into a garden centre and at the time it was only one of 11 in the whole country.

He was invited as the guest of honour to cut the ribbon last week at the newly refurbished centre on Kenilworth Road.

Simon Millar, manager at the garden centre, said: “We were delighted that David was able to join us.

“It was only right that he should officially re-launch the garden centre as he was a part of the business for so long.”

To help celebrate the re-launch, members of The Herb Society and Orchid Society were on hand to give free advice, and representatives from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) were at the garden centre with an owl and a kestrel.

There was also free bulb planting demonstrations by the centre’s horticultural team.

 

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