Peter Eastwood Plants of Ditchling in Sussex, was awarded the 2016 Home Grown Grower prize for their promotion of their Home Grown produce to garden centres all over the south east of England.
Peter and Adam Eastwood are continuing the business set up by their grandfather just over a century ago and give their plants all the care and attention that they need to maintain their freshness and vigour when planted-out in consumers gardens.
The business can date their family origins in horticulture over four generations, building on invaluable experience in all areas of garden plant cultivation.
Starting in 1907, their grandfather rented a kitchen garden nursery from the Downs Hotel in Hassocks where, later on in the 1960’s, Acker Bilk, the Hollies and the Who regularly performed. Then he opened his own shop in the village, selling high quality fruit, vegetables and flowers. He also grew peaches, grapes and nectarines which were popular with consumers throughout London, a testament to the quality he achieved.
Grandfather then expanded into Brighton, buying a plant nursery with retail premises, enjoying roaring trade and repeat custom with local people who appreciated the care put into nurturing plants.
ln 1971 following the decision to sell the Brighton nursery so it could be redeveloped as a garden centre, the nursery was built just north of the village of Ditchling, near Hassocks, the current site. Today Father and son, run the business, supplying year round bedding plants, seasonal pot plants and garden bulbs to garden centres throughout South East England.
The plant pots bearing their own Peter Eastwood Plants logo are also printed with the Home Grown logo to denote the quality plants have been produced in the UK and emphasises the local nature of the produce. The logo appears on over 500,000 pots per year as well as their pack bedding labels.