At DB Garden Nurseries in Hyde they have two overwhelming passions. One is a genuine love of growing and nurturing plants; and the other is a strong desire to encourage other people to experience the enjoyment that comes from tending their own plants, flowers and gardens. Nowhere is this more important, say the nursery owners: Derek and Becky, than in our local schools where there is the opportunity to foster an early love of plants and gardens to children at a young age.

An excellent example of this school collaboration is how the DB team have worked with young pupils at Gee Cross Holy Trinity School to plan, plant and grow a new living willow classroom. Visiting the school they showed the children how to prepare the ground and then invited them to plant all the slender willow rods that had been donated by the nursery. That was some eighteen months ago and although it is still not yet fully mature, just before Christmas DB gardeners again visited the school to teach the children how to interlace the growing willow saplings and then tie and trim them to form a domed open air room where the pupils will eventually be able to play, study and admire the results of their efforts.

DB Garden Nurseries have also become a regular contributor at Dowson Primary School. Last year, working closely with the teaching staff, they provided plants and advice so that the children could prepare their own school garden ready for entry into the 2016 RHS Campaign for School Gardening at Tatton Park.

The pupils themselves had to design their own garden around the theme ‘Musicals’ and using their own imagination, plus the plants donated by DB Garden Nurseries, they created a stunning ‘Camelot’ garden that scooped one of the major prizes.

“It was wonderful to see the children’s enthusiasm grow along with their garden,” said Becky. “We provided the plants and helped them transport their garden to the show site at Tatton Park, but the children came up with the idea and did all the work themselves and for the school to be rewarded with a prize for their pupils’ efforts was just amazing. We honestly believe that we have helped to inspire a new generation of gardeners of the future!”

So pleased were Dowson School and their pupils with their success that this year they will be doing it all again and the 2017 theme is ‘Recycling’. Naturally DB Garden Nurseries will once again be supporting their efforts.

With an eye to the future the nursery would like to expand their involvement with local schools and are anxious to inspire children to develop an interest in gardening and to understand how easy it is to grow plants, flowers and food for themselves. It is hoped that a large polytunnel can be erected on a specially prepared plot of land next to the nursery’s allotment that will provide a warm, dry and safe environment where as part of the curriculum schools can visit for hands-on lessons and experiences.

DB Garden Nurseries is located on Nursery Road, off Dukinfield Road, close to the railway bridge. It is open Mondays to Saturdays 9.00am –5.00pm and Sundays 10.00am – 4.00pm. Telephone: 0161 368 3008.