PHOTOS: Honiton’s long-awaited new garden centre finally opens - and manager was ‘blown away’ by the response

PUBLISHED: 15:23 03 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 05 December 2018

The team at Combe Garden Centre, which recently opened in Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

The team at Combe Garden Centre, which recently opened in Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

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The manager of Honiton’s new garden centre said he was ‘blown away’ with the community’s response after shoppers filled two car parks to visit the store.

Combe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum LawtonCombe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum Lawton

James Trevett, who runs Combe Garden Centre, off the old A30, said he had goosebumps when locking up on the first day because so many people praised his new venture.

The £1.4million garden centre finally opened on December 1 after several delays and hitches, and dozens of shoppers flocked to the new outlet to shop ahead of Christmas.

Mr Trevett, who formerly managed Sidmouth Garden Centre, said: “I was blown away by the support – and the energy of the customers coming the door. There was a lovely buzz all day.”

The garden centre is the realisation of months of hard work by Mr Trevett and the family-run Combe Estate - made up of nearly 5,000 acres of woodland and farmland.

Combe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum LawtonCombe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum Lawton

The venture has created 14 local jobs.

Combe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum LawtonCombe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum Lawton

Combe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum LawtonCombe Garden Centre opened at the weekend. Picture: Callum Lawton

The team at Combe Garden Centre, which recently opened in Honiton. Picture: Callum LawtonThe team at Combe Garden Centre, which recently opened in Honiton. Picture: Callum Lawton

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