Couple retire from Stockeld Park Gardens nursery

William and Dorothy Pullan.  (121327M2b)

William and Dorothy Pullan. (121327M2b)

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A family that has helped to bring floral glory to the district for over 50 years has closed the gates to its successful business for the last time.

Well-known couple Dorothy and William Pullan finished with their Stockeld Park Gardens nursery near Sicklinghall before Christmas.

Dorothy, who has been heavily involved in her husband’s plant growing outfit as “general dogsbody”, said: “We started out small growing bedding plants.

“At one time we used to have a landscape gardening business and used to do a lot of exhibition work at Harrogate.

“We also did bits of planting for Wetherby Town Council and made all the hanging baskets for the Garden of Rest. We did that for 30 some years.

Mrs Pullan added that she thought the business had been so successful because of the quality of growing.

“People don’t come back if the quality is not good enough.”

For the last few years son Andrew had been involved in the business but the family decided it was time to close it down.

Paying tribute Wetherby in Bloom chairman Geoff Humble said: “For over 20 years William Pullan and Sons supplied Wetherby in Bloom with high-quality plant material and excellent service.

“It is safe to say that through their willingness to go the extra mile for us when various disasters struck (freak weather conditions or baskets stolen or damaged) they contributed significantly in Wetherby being so successful in competitions over the years. We hope that we can continue to live up to the very high standards set.”

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