Trevena Cross Nurseries in Breage, near Helston, is celebrating 40 years of business this year, a very important milestone for owners Graham Jeffery, his wife Rachel, and his mum Pam Jeffery.
The business has today become the biggest independent producer of plants in Cornwall, spanning more than 35 acres of land, and something its owners and staff are very proud of.
The nursery has remained in the same family since its launch in 1976 when Graham and his late father took control of little more than a market stall each, one in Helston town, and one at the current Old Cattle Market site.
From its roots specialising in rare and exotic plants, Trevena Cross has broadened its horizons to become a garden centre for everyone, stocking a huge range of shrubs, perennials, hedging plants, specimen trees, seasonal bedding, patio plants, and a huge range of purposeful plants, such as its big coastal range, shade loving collection and grow your own assortment.
Graham said: “Over the years we’ve come to realise that the needs of every customer is different, and while challenging, it is our responsibility to try and cater for each and every one, whether they be an experienced plant expert or someone who has never put a plant in the ground before”.
While plants have always remained at the heart of the centre, it has made a name for itself in other areas too, developing one of the biggest gift departments in West Cornwall in its shop, and just last year doubling the size of its popular on site Garden Kitchen Café.
Of the people that have helped get the business to where it is today, Graham said: “Our customers are our biggest asset. We have so many loyal customers who have remained with us over the years, and we want to thank them so much for all their support. Forty years on, it is also still a great pleasure to welcome new faces through the doors on a daily basis and show them what we’re all about”.
Trevena Cross will be marking its 40th anniversary in various ways and with a number of offers as the year progresses, so look out for updates on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrevenaCross.