National Trust award winner

The spring season has begun with Biddulph Grange Garden’s retail and membership manager Jonathan Kay-Spruce winning the National Trust retail manager of the year award.
Mr Kay-Spruce has worked hard to successfully combine Biddulph’s popular plant centre and gift shop.
The new facility, located next to the car park, will offer visitors to the garden an opportunity to browse the collection with professional plant and retail advisors on hand.
The merger of the shops is part of a wider scheme to improve facilities, including improving the visitor welcome area and allowing historical investigation work to begin in the former shop which was historically known, in the 1860s as the Camellia House.
Mr Kay-Spruce said: “We had a great 2018 here at Biddulph Grange Garden, welcoming more than 110,000 visitors.
“It is exciting to be able to reward our loyal visitors with improved facilities, while also being able to continue our conservation work and help to preserve our historic spaces.”
Work begins on the shop move in early February and will be completed by the end of the month with a launch of the new spring collection of specially curated plants and gifts.

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