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Spring Garden Centre

Spring Garden Centre

A chat with Norman Ousby from Lune Springs Garden Centre Lune Spring Garden Center is located on the main road, the A683, which bypasses Ravenstonedale but cuts along the edge of Newbiggin-on-Lune. Newbiggin is a separate village but is actually part of the parish of Ravenstonedale. The garden centre was the brainchild of Norman Ousby. Norman was born a farmer and still has land, and, although he doesn’t keep animals himself anymore, he still carries out the maintenance work on his land, which involves things like walling and fencing. Before he opened the Garden Centre he was a Drug Baron. Drug Baron? I don’t think so!”Yes I was”, he argues, “I used to be a rep for an animal pharmaceutical business. I was also a great smoker”, he told me when I was admiring the many collections of framed cigarette cards that line the walls of the cafe. “It all started with a packet of Woodbines. I smoked one and thought it was great. Then I was sick. I didn’t know what to do with the others. I couldn’t risk my parents finding them and I couldn’t bear to waste them so I smoked the other nine and then I was very sick and I had a very bad head. Anyway, I thought it was an expensive way of collecting cigarette cards so all the rest of them are what I have bought.” Norman now has one of the largest collections of cigarettes cards in the county, many of which are for sale in the cafe. They are mounted and framed by one of the locals, one of many people who manage to make a bit of income, thanks to the Garden Centre. The cafe is also a retail outlet for a local blacksmith, a ‘proddy rug’ maker, a potter and someone who makes high quality model animals, including models of local sheep breeds. They also sell food of course, all made on the premises and all, well, what can I say except it is very short on e-numbers. The cafe is open 8 days a week and other days by arrangement. In the ten years since it opened, they have been the choice of venue for many wedding receptions, golden weddings and other family celebrations. Once a month the locals meet for what they call a Lunch Club, a good excuse to simply meet, eat and share an hour or so in convivial company. Many people ‘in the know’ divert from the Coast to Coast Footpath which comes within a mile of Lune Spring, just to sample their Cherry Slice, the best in the world! Once a week a local Guided Walking Holiday company take their guests there for dinner and Norman dishes up Smoked Trout from the Trout Farm next door and the most perfectly cooked vegetables. Where did you learn to cook? I asked Norman. “I can’t” he replied, lying through his teeth. Whether it’s a formal dinner for a couple of dozen people, or just a quick snack for one, you are always welcome at Lune Spring On sunny days, the garden beckons and there is comfortable seating and a well equiped children’s play area. Norman regularly holds Charity evening in the cafe. These have included an Antiques Road Show with Henry Sandon, a folk evening with Dales Folk and talks on every subject under the sun! Over the years has raised many thousands of pounds, mostly for Cancer Research but has supported other charities as well. Norman with ‘Dales Folk’ The cafe is only a small part of Norman’s life. He does Contract Gardening in about half a dozen different locations in the parish, and then, of course, there’s the Garden Centre itself. Situated at an altitude of 800 ft, the things that he grows are either very hardy or grow underground. His favorites are the ‘cottage garden’ varieties, Lupins, Hollyhocks, Pinks, Guems and Michaelmas Daises. Plants are grown in a large polly-tunnel, which is a bit precarious and has to be re-sheeted every three or four years. He also has a large selection of trees, shrubs and alpines plants growing outside, so you know if you buy a tree from Norman it really will be well and truly hardened off. Attached to the cafe there is a barn, which is used as a showroom for an antique dealer. Below that there is a workshop used by a local joiner so there are, in fact, several different businesses on the site. All in all, The Garden Centre is a real asset, not only to Norman and the many tourists who visit it, but also to the whole of the Parish of Ravenstonedale.
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Spring Garden Centre

Outdoor Furniture Toowoomba’s Outdoor Furniture Specialists Explore The Springs Nursery Choose from an unbeatable range of plants and garden supplies. Explore The Springs Gift Shop You will be pleasantly surprised by the large selection of giftware at The Springs Gift Shop. Explore Slide Title Write your caption here Button Slide Title Write your caption here Button Discover Toowoomba’s Best Range of Outdoor Furniture and Gardening Products Toowoomba is a gorgeous part of the world with many green spaces where residents and visitors alike can relax and enjoy nature. Many of the elements that keep these stunning outdoor recreational spaces pristine and welcoming come from The Springs Garden World. Catering to home gardeners and professional landscape architects alike, our team is proud to offer the finest range of outdoor furniture and gardening products in the Darling Downs region. For more information about our outdoor equipment and garden consultation services, simply contact our friendly team. Welcome toThe Springs With more than 150 public parks and gardens, Toowoomba is a green oasis as well as being the capital of the Darling Downs. The city’s status as a regional centre for business and government services makes it all the more essential to maintain world class outdoor spaces. At our magnificent location you can take advantage of professional gardening consultation services and discover a wonderful range of outdoor furniture, plants, home décor items and gifts. The Springs Garden World is fully dedicated to providing you with the complete outdoor living experience with nursery gifts available. To learn more about our furniture, take a peek at our blog. Explore The Springs Drop by to Visit Our Garden and Café Toowoomba is a popular destination thanks to its well preserved historic buildings and thriving population. Whether you live locally or are just passing through, the team at The Springs Garden World welcomes you to visit our lovely café and garden area. Simply enjoy a coffee in a tranquil setting, pick up a gift for someone special or get inspired to start planning your garden makeover! Explore Garden & Café For everything you need for the home and garden, visit The Springs Garden World today.
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Spring Garden Centre

Welcome toThe Springs With more than 150 public parks and gardens, Toowoomba is a green oasis as well as being the capital of the Darling Downs. The city’s status as a regional centre for business and government services makes it all the more essential to maintain world class outdoor spaces. At our magnificent location you can take advantage of professional gardening consultation services and discover a wonderful range of outdoor furniture, plants, home décor items and gifts. The Springs Garden World is fully dedicated to providing you with the complete outdoor living experience with nursery gifts available. To learn more about our furniture, take a peek at our blog. Explore The Springs Drop by to Visit Our Garden and Café Toowoomba is a popular destination thanks to its well preserved historic buildings and thriving population. Whether you live locally or are just passing through, the team at The Springs Garden World welcomes you to visit our lovely café and garden area. Simply enjoy a coffee in a tranquil setting, pick up a gift for someone special or get inspired to start planning your garden makeover! Explore Garden & Café
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Spring Garden Centre

Lune Spring Garden Center is located on the main road, the A683, which bypasses Ravenstonedale but cuts along the edge of Newbiggin-on-Lune. Newbiggin is a separate village but is actually part of the parish of Ravenstonedale. The garden centre was the brainchild of Norman Ousby.
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Spring Garden Centre

Welcome Situated in the beautiful Peak District, The Springs Shopping Centre has been at the heart of Buxton’s retail offering since 1985. With a variety of stores, ranging from Waitrose to Dorothy Perkins to WH Smith, there’s something for everyone in this popular retail destination. The centre is open seven days a week and has car parking spaces for 450 vehicles.

Spring Garden Centre

Norman with ‘Dales Folk’ The cafe is only a small part of Norman’s life. He does Contract Gardening in about half a dozen different locations in the parish, and then, of course, there’s the Garden Centre itself. Situated at an altitude of 800 ft, the things that he grows are either very hardy or grow underground. His favorites are the ‘cottage garden’ varieties, Lupins, Hollyhocks, Pinks, Guems and Michaelmas Daises.
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Spring Garden Centre

There’s something here for everyone: a wooded stream valley with ponds, a naturalistic native plant garden, over 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse filled with tropicals, and a well-stocked horticultural reference library. Visit the Garden Gate Plant Shop and our two gift shops where you’ll find gift ideas ranging from books and gardening gloves to china and wind chimes. Green Spring will educate, inspire, and delight you. The gardens are always changing, so come back often for new ideas.

Spring Garden Centre

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