BUSINESS: Haskins Garden Centre celebrates 25 years


Popular garden centre, Haskins, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Chairman Warren Haskins is also celebrating 50 years in the gardening business, having taken over the family business in 1969.

The family run garden centre has grown from a small market garden in Branksome to a four-centre business with stores in Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex. 

Turnover has increased from £17,000 in 1969 to millions of Pounds; and they have gone from seven employees to over 600 in the same time.

Warren Haskins said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making the Ferndown centre the success story that it is today.

“When we opened the doors to our Ferndown centre, more than ten times the amount of people we expected to turned up.

“Over the years, Haskins has ridden the humps of recession and I put our continued success down to the fact that we have never and will not rest on our laurels.”

Haskins was founded in 1882 by Harry James Haskins, Warren’s great-grandfather, and they are now based on a 10-acre site with a 530 seat restaurant. 

Warren has no plans to stop here though: “We will continue to focus on the development of our Snowhill centre which is currently being redeveloped and will open in Spring 2020.

“The business constantly impresses me with what it achieves.”



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