Next Tuesday, January 20, Horsham District Council will meet to discuss an application for Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery, which if approved could see the nursery expand to become a horticultural hub in West Sussex.
The site, located on the A281 in Henfield is hoping to expand with a new multi-purpose building which will include a reference library, lecture theatre, workshop rooms and a cafe. The application also includes new road access to the A281 with car parking from the site.
The Birchfield Nursery has been on the site for 25 years, and was taken over by the Dunckleys’ five years ago.
Owner, Jack Dunckley has enjoyed success with his garden designs earning various medals at Hampton Court Flower Show and a Silver Gilt at RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well as TV appearances on Gardener’s World and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Jack Dunckley told The District Post: “I want to get a greater footfall and we want to create a horticultural hub here, we believe we can do this with the new buildings and it puts us on the map for horticulture.”
The application has received some objection with individuals stating the development could result in a loss of vegetation and that it may be obtrusive to neighboring properties.
However, supporters have written stating the proposal will be good for the local economy, provide jobs and will benefit the community.
Jack Dunckley said: “It (Birchfield Nursery) will remain a growing nursery but it will have an added horticultural centre and a show garden customers can enjoy. We will also have a shop selling high quality horticultural essentials for the garden as well as a design studio so visitors can come in and have gardens designed for them.
“We want people to be able to come here for garden advice and we ant to run regular classes and workshops.”
The application can be viewed on Horsham District Council’s website and is application DC/14/2007.
A decision on the application will be made at 2pm on Tuesday, January 20.