Nursery marks 60th year

Longdendale Nursery, Sheila Ranson
Longdendale Nursery, Sheila Ranson
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Business is blooming for a High Peak nursery that has battled against the elements to keep going for 60 years.

Longendale Nursery, in Blackbrook Lane, Chapel–en–le–Frith, was first opened by husband wife team John and Doreen Ranson in 1953.

Originally based in Mottram, near Glossop, the business moved to the Conwy Valley, in Wales, for ten years before settling in Chapel in 1980.

Following John’s sudden death in 2006, the business is now run by Doreen and daughter Sheila.

“I started work at the nursery as soon as I left school,” Sheila commented.

“I learnt everything I know about gardening from my father. He had studied horticulture at Askham Bryan College near York.”

The family firm has had to tailor its stock to fit the colder climate in the High Peak.

“We grow hardy plants so they will survive,” she added.

“We grow everything from scratch.”

Over recent years, Sheila has seen a difference in the climate, with harsh winters making it harder to keep plants alive.

Only two months ago the nursery was hidden under a layer of snow, but now it is blooming a mixture of delphiniums, lupins, sweet peas, cucumber, tomatoes and rosemary, among other plants.

Sheila puts the success of her stock down to good old fashioned TLC, as well as the nursery’s own homemade compost.

For more information on the nursery, visit www.longendalenursery– or call 01298 813940.