Trelawney centre near Barnstaple is acquired by national chain Wyevale.

The Trelawney@Ashford Graden Centre.The Trelawney@Ashford Graden Centre.

There will be a different name for the Trelawney garden centre at Ashford, near Barnstaple, following news the site has been sold.

National garden centre giant Wyevale Garden Centres has bought the 28,000 square foot site, which will be renamed Ashford Barnstaple, a Wyevale Garden Centre.

The company, formerly known as The Garden Centre Group, is the UK’s largest group of garden centres, with 142 centres across the country.

Kevin Bradshaw, chief executive, said: “With a strong heritage going back more than forty years, Ashford’s garden centre is renowned for the excellent quality of its plants and products as well as its welcoming family atmosphere.

“This acquisition supports our strategy to grow our business by acquiring exceptionally high-quality garden centres in the UK, and we are absolutely delighted to welcome Trelawney Ashford’s customers and employees to our business.”

Trelawney’s previous owners, David and Helen Danning plus David and Helen Symons, announced last week that they had sold its sites in Wadebridge and Probus to Channel Islands-based Blue Diamond.

They will continue to be operated under the Trelawney name.

The gardening grapevine had been buzzing with news of the purchase for several weeks, but despite repeated attempts by the Gazette for a statement, the news was only announced this morning (Wednesday).

Trelawney’s David Danning said: “It has been our pleasure to own this centre and to learn how to manage a multi-site business as we have expanded Trelawney.

“However, our plans for the future have changed over the last year and the timing of an offer for the site came along at the right time for us and for the business.

“Investment from Wyevale Garden Centres will create opportunities that will be of great benefit to our employees, and I would like to thank our staff for all they have done for us over the last nine years.”