park lane plants is exhibiting
about four oaks
Four Oaks Nurseries was set up on a 2 acre greenfield site by brothers Stuart and Arthur Coutts in 1964 for the production of bedding plants. The Vicar of Chelford had the foresight to help them source land as he could see potential employment for local people and particularlymarried women in a rural area.
The brothers pioneered the use of supplementary lighting in seedling production, working closely with Manchester University's Botany Department at Jodrell Bank and Norweb, the local Electricity Board. The first "Four Oaks Open Day" was organised in 1971 by Norweb to promote the use of growing rooms in commercial horticulture. Over 400 local growers visited and 4 trade exhibitors had a presence - one of which, Henry Alty is still here 40 years on.
The business was bought by Richard Harding in 2002 which secured the future of the site and the show has continued to prosper with his support. At a time when other shows in the industry are reinventing themselves, Four Oaks goes from strength to strength - "Four Oaks is Forever".