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ADDRESS:
Hillingdon Garden Centre,
Pield Heath Road,
Hillingdon,
Middlesex
UB8 3NP
 
OWNER:
Wyevale Garden Centres
 
TELEPHONE NUMBER:
0844 288 5140
 
WEBSITE:
Click here for the Hillingdon Garden Centre website

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Email: Use the general email form which can be found here.

The history of Hillingdon Garden Centre goes back to 1895 when Milton Hutchings opened a plant nursery on the current site. This was expanded over time and by 1964 the nursery occupied 25 acres and employed over 80 local people.

It is now owned by Wyevale Garden Centres.

Our visit to Hillingdon Garden Centre was on a very sunny day at the end of May, a time when garden centres are normally at their best and also when they are at their most popular with customers. Our expectation was to find the normal high standards we associate with Wyevale Garden Centres. But this was not the case on this occasion.

The first thing that stuck us was the number of half-filled and empty plant display bays - very unusual at this time of year for a garden centre of this size.

Click the picture on the left to enlarge it and you will notice that not only is the plant bay in the foreground almost empty but the larger plant bay in the background is also empty.

The picture on the left can also be enlarged to see it more clearly. It shows an abnormally large weed plus other smaller weeds growing in the pot of a rose plant.

This was not an isolated instance, many of the plants for sale had good-sized weeds in them. For us, this indicated a lack of care which is very unusual for plants sold at any Wyevale Garden Centres outlet.

The picture on the left can also be enlarged to see it more clearly. It is an example of the cluttered paths, and in this case, a blocked pathway.

We returned an hour after the picture was taken and the trolley was still there. This was not the only problem area. In general there were several obstacles in the wide paths including isolated bags of compost, odd plants and trolleys. Very unusual for this chain of garden centres.

The general layout of the plants display area was OK if a bit uninspiring. The paths are wide and have a hard surface making access around the area easy, obstacles aside. A small area was covered to protect tender plants but the vast majority was open to the elements. Finding plants was relatively easy with largish signs for the different plant areas.

There is a Maidenhead Aquatics department on site with a large number of fish and aquatics accessories on sale and well displayed. To one side of the plants area is a very good choice of fencing materials.

The interior sales area is very basic for a largish garden centre. The layout was unimpressive and the flooring consisted of outdoor paving slabs. They sell all the normal gardening equipment, cards, gifts, bird care, pet care, a very large display of garden furniture, candles etc.

Prices of gardening goods and plants looked to be slightly above average at this garden centre. Examples are 60 litre multi-purpose at £6.49, two for £10 or three for £12, common shrubs such as a potentilla are £8.99, clematis also start from £8.99 upwards as do roses. An economy small Yeoman fork or spade was priced at £13.99, 1 kilo of Miracle Gro was £5.69 or two for £8.50.

The cafe was open to the interior sales area and was also vey basic in design. The tables and chairs were cheap plastic. In general the cafe area looked very unloved and in need of refurbishment. We didn't sample the food but in our experience Wyevale Garden Centres provide good food at reasonable prices in most of their garden centre cafes.

 

OPENING HOURS: BEACONSFIELD GARDEN CENTRE

  Open Close
Monday 9.00am 6.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am 6.00pm
Thursday 9.00am 6.00pm
Friday 9.00am 6.00pm
Saturday 9.00am 6.00pm
Sunday 10.30am 4.30pm

EASTER OPENING TIMES


Good Friday - 9.00am to 6.00pm
Easter Saturday - 9.00am to 6.00pm
Easter Sunday - CLOSED
Easter Monday - 9.00am to 6.00pm

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES


Christmas Eve - 9.00am to 4.00pm
Christmas Day - CLOSED
Boxing Day - 11.00am to 5.00pm
New Year's Eve - 9.00am to 4.00pm
New Year's Day - 11.00am to 5.00pm

BANK HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES

Includes May and August Bank Holiday:
Open 9.00am, closes 6.00pm
 

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