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Report - Gandy's Roses, North Kilworth - June 2014

Discussion in 'Residential Sites' started by Goldie87, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. Goldie87

    Goldie87 28DL Regular User
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    Rose Nursery has been the location of the world famous Gandys Roses Ltd for many decades and has been a family home since the early 1940s. Douglas Gandy began his market garden business on an allotment in South Kilworth in the 1920's. Soon he concentrated on growing roses, and by the 1930's was growing 30,000 to 40,000 each year and sending them by rail all over the country. As the business expanded they moved to the site at North Kilworth. During the war Gandy was obliged by government regulation to sell up his stock, however he was reported for growing strawberries and threatened with imprisonment if he didn't replace them with cabbages within a fortnight!

    Was a bit bored with very little to do so myself and jacquesj went to check this place out, which I had spotted was under demolition a few weeks previously. Nothing brilliant but something a little different, strange to see how wild and overgrown some of the glasshouses have become. The site is currently being cleared for a housing development.

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    That's actually quite nice. What caused the business to close?
     
  3. Goldie87

    Goldie87 28DL Regular User
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    I think after the old man died the family carried on the business, but guess eventually they just decided they were better off selling the land.
     
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    pretty cool that!

    I'd have taken cuttings from some of those plants in the greenhouse :gay
     
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    I'm surprised they didn't manage to sell this place! I imagine it would have been nice when it had just shut.
     
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