Wyevale Garden Centres announce new name for Horncastle’s garden centre

Centre staff members Simon Nagle and Trevor Blake, alongside Garden Centre Manager Ken Dawson. All three pictured nominated the names that were shortlisted for the public vote.
Centre staff members Simon Nagle and Trevor Blake, alongside Garden Centre Manager Ken Dawson. All three pictured nominated the names that were shortlisted for the public vote.
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The former Crowders Garden Centre has been given a new name, following voting by 2,000 members of the local community.

Members of the Crowders Garden Centre team, alongside key local figures and members of the Horncastle community, gathered this morning (March 16) for the official unveiling of Centre’s new name: Wolds View.

Mayor Coun Angela Birchall revealed the Centre’s new sign, with help from Frank Hayes, Wyevale Garden Centre Commercial Director and Ken Dawson, Garden Centre Manager.

The new name was sought from the community following its acquisition by Wyevale Garden Centres in January, with three shortlisted options - Wolds View, Banovallum, and Horncastle - put to the public vote.

Coun Birchall said: “It was fantastic to be a part of the unveiling of Wolds View, a Wyevale Garden Centre, today.

“The initiative is a leading example of community spirit that is ever-present in Horncastle. It is clear from the number of people present today and the buzz around the voting that the Centre is a pillar of the community, and I know the Centre team will continue to foster this.”

Ken Dawson, Garden Centre Manager at Wolds View, said that close to 2,000 people cast a vote, which shows how important the Centre is in their local community. “We are so pleased to share our new name, Wolds View with the community today, the number of voters confirms the special place our Centre has in Horncastle and beyond. It was fantastic to see everyone get behind the initiative and we’re very happy with the result – a name that we believe strongly reflects our community surroundings.

“We hope to see everyone at Wolds View this weekend to check out the ‘view’ for themselves and enjoy free, family fun to celebrate – our way of saying thank you for your support.”

Simon Nagle, a long serving member of staff at Crowders Garden Centre, said: “Not only am I happy my suggestion won the community’s vote, but along with my colleagues, I’m very proud to have played a part in shaping the future of our Centre through the renaming.”

Wyevale Garden Centres also presented a cheque for £500 to local voluntary emergency services charity Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES), in recognition of the community’s support for the renaming initiative.

LIVES Marketing Manager Steve Hyde says: “Thanks to Wolds View, a Wyevale Garden Centre, LIVES volunteers can continue to dedicate their time to the community with this generous donation – thank you for the support and making us a part of your special day.”

Crowders Garden Centre has for many years supported LIVES, and Wolds View is delighted to continue to support the local initiative.

To continue to shape Wolds View’s new identity, the Centre is challenging schools in the region to design a fourth flag that will join the existing three flying at the Centre’s entrance. The winning design will best portray Wolds View and will become a key part of the Centre’s image.

Entries close on Friday April 22, when the designs will be judged and the winner announced shortly after.