Looking back at the last 25 years
Merryhatton previously, we believe circa 1995.
1997 - hello Merryhatton!
This photo highlights the small shop from which Merryhatton first operated
Highlighting the first shop as seen from the entrance gate
This shows the interior of the first shop in January 1997
- it felt quite spacious at the time!
The entrance needed to be cleared
And so it was! A fence was added at the back to hide the unsightly tunnels
Canopies were erected to make browsing the plants a more pleasant experience
The small greenhouse became the houseplant area
Paving and paint soon brightened it up
We even had a mini desert scene!
1998 - difficult decisions
The greenhouses were originally used for bedding plant production
The tunnels were also used for growing
But the condition of the buildings and inefficient heating made it impossible to continue plant production
1999 - the shop's too small!
Meantime we'd outgrown the first shop so the section of the big greenhouse shown here became our new shop
This gave us lots more room and a chance to make the entrance more inviting.
2005 - the time has come to replace the old buildings
Work started in 2005 when the new canopies were erected on the site of the old tunnels and by the end of 2006 was transformed from this ....
..... to this! The new building sits where the old tunnels were and the car park is on the site of the old greenhouses