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REVIEW SUMMARY

FOR
Exceptionally low prices for a large garden centre.
Very large choice of plants.
Top quality plants
Excellent design of plants area.
Drive-thru facility.
Good choice of greenhouses and sheds

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REVIEW RESULTS - WOODCOTE GREEN GARDEN CENTRE

THE OUTSIDE AREA
Although this large garden centre caters for both the gardener and non-gardening shopper very well, it is clear that the plants side of the business at Woodcote Garden Centre takes priority.

The plants area has been designed after some considerable thought and that effort has paid off making it an attractive shopping destination. The outside area has an unusually large amount of covered shopping space and this is split into three or four separate very large glasshouses. This divides the space into smaller areas thus avoiding the boring long rows of plants found in so many of today's modern garden centres.

There are many island beds and central features which provide additional interest and even the plant display bays are constructed from varying materials. The paths are wide and paved with only the smaller paths being on hard gravel. The plants area is large and benefits from very clear signs with plant groups being in alphabetical order - a lesson on how to do it well for many other garden centres. If you are looking for a specific plant at this large garden centre, the signs enable you to locate it very quickly.

One feature that cannot help but catch the eye on entry is the express drive-thru facility, something we have never seen before in the hundreds of garden centre reviews we have so far undertaken. It's a touch of lateral thinking for a garden centre. The idea being that customers who only want specific large items such as bags of compost can simply drive down a designated lane, load the goods into their car and drive off after paying at the dedicated till. A brilliant idea which other garden centres could well adopt.

At many garden centres the compost and other heavy items have been placed at been placed at the far end of the plants area which may be convenient for the garden centre but not the customer. We have often heard customers complain about this. The drive thru facility at Woodcote Green is clearly a well-placed response to customer needs.

To one side of the plants area is a huge space devoted to greenhouses and garden buildings from the humble small shed to larger more elaborate garden out buildings. If sheds or greenhouses are on your shopping list the Woodcote Garden Centre is a good destination. They also have a smaller selection of conservatories.

THE PLANTS
It's clear that Woodcote Green garden centre puts plants first with a superb range of good quality plants. They stock everything the average gardener would expect and specialise in several areas. First, they have an unusually good choice of large plants and trees, some exceptionally large. They also a very good choice of grasses, perennials, topiary plants, acers in their own shaded display area and bay laurel tree of varying sizes and shapes.

Not only are the plants of good quality but the prices are some of the best we have seen for a long time. Not only are the prices of the plants competitive at Woodcote Garden Centre but also general gardening goods. In some areas the prices are as much as 30% lower compared to similar sized garden centres in the area.

Some example prices include Westland 75l multipurpose compost at only 3.99 or three bags for 10, economy fork / spade at 9.99 or two for 16, stainless steel Bentley fork / spade at 22.99, Miracle Gro 1kg 2.99 (on special offer), Tomorite 1 litre 3.99, roses starting at 5.99, clematis from 6.99 and potentillas from 5.99.

INSIDE WOODCOTE GREEN GARDEN CENTRE
Although plants are the stars of this garden centre the interior sales area has all that you would expect from a large, modern garden centre. A full range of garden accessories, books, cards, gifts, bird care and feed, pet centre, clothes, aquatics, indoor and outdoor furniture and lots more. Houseplants have their own section and are attractively displayed. If furniture is on your shopping list then Woodcote Green Garden Centre is a good destination for indoor furniture, conservatory furniture and outdoor garden furniture.

The interior sales area is well laid out with wide, mainly level aisles. In common with many other garden centres the ceiling is metal beamed but here they have hidden the majority of the metal work with white plastic panels. This is a halfway house between a false ceiling and leaving all the ugly beams exposed. Other garden centres with an ugly open ceiling could well learn from Woodcote Green because the solution they have come up with is relatively cheap yet improves the looks and general ambience of the area considerably.

They currently have no club / reward membership scheme at this garden centre.

DISABLED ACCESS
Access around the garden centre for wheelchair users is good both inside and out. Wheelchairs are available at the entrance.

OTHER STUFF
Car park - This is large and well laid out.
Pet Centre - No live pets but there is a large dedicated pet centre selling every imaginable pet food and accessory.
Aquatics - There is a large aquatics centre on site which sells a very comprehensive choice of fish, pond accessories and water plants.
Water Features - Yes
Sheds and Greenhouses - Excellent large choice, well displayed.
Toilets - Clean and functional with facilities for baby changing and disabled access.

 

AVERAGE USER RATING 3.5 star user rating 2 REVIEWS LEFT SO FAR

5 star rating 15 March 2013 Comment From: David Vincent
The best garden centre I have been to.

5 star rating 14 March 2013 Comment From: Gemma
Great place to visit! Looooovely cafe! :)

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Entrance to Woodcote Green Garden Centre
Entrance

Shaded area for Japanese Maples
Japanese Maples

Good selection of aquatic plants
Aquatic Plants

View of one of the covered areas
Covered plants areas

Drive -thru fore heavy items
Drive-thru

Picture of greenhouses and sheds on display
Greenhouses and sheds

Picture of well-displayed houseplants
Houseplants

Picture of large plants for sale
Large plants


View 1 of plants area


View 2 of plants area

 

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