FIRST LOOK: We visited Honiton’s new garden centre opening on December 1

Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3950. Picture: Terry Ife

Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3950. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

In a month’s time, Honiton’s newest garden centre will open its doors to the public - and we take a sneak peek behind the scenes.

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The centre, which has cost approximately £1.4million to build, is in the final stages of being kitted out.

Manager James Trevett has been working with Combe Estate to bring the store to the town.

He said: “It has got the point now where after two years of working on the original drawings, I know it’s not going to open in the future, but it’s opening in the next few weeks.

“It’s personal now!

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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“We are ambitious - we do not want to offer a mediocre nursery experience.

“We want to build a garden centre that people are happy to take a drive to see.”

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Mr Trevett said there are no more vacancies for the store, which has a waiting list ‘as long as his arm’.

He added: “It is my intention to enter into garden retail awards within our first year of opening.”

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Combe Garden Centre, based at the former Meadow View Nursery site in Gittisham, will open on Saturday, December 1.

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife

James Trevett at Combe Garden Centre. Ref mhh 44 18TI 3954. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

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