Is this the smallest garden centre in the UK? No 27 Most Read Story 2017. First published: Sunday 5 March, 2017
Is the new "Boutique" Squires Garden Centre at Chertsey the smallest garden centre in the UK? GTN Xtra visited the centre after the official opening last week to meet 2015 Westland GCA Rising Star finalist Matt Tanner and his team and discover how Squires have maximised every inch of space in this small but perfectly formed development.
Considering most staff at garden centres are always saying they don't have enough space the team at Squires Chertsey are more than happy with the way they are using their new space, especially outside in the planteria where every bench is moveable so that the displasy can be easily moved around to create maximum impact. The only thing they lack are parking spaces at the moment "we've enlarged it three times already," Matt told GTN Xtra. "There has never been a coffe shop here before and the new Cafe Bar is already very popular so we'll have to add even more spaces over time."
The creation of a very stylish Cafe Bar in a former gatehouse means this really is a boutique centre that ticks all of the boxes.