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Weston's Baytree Garden Centre celebrates 50th anniversary

A best loved South Holland business has celebrated 50th anniversary.

Baytree Garden Centre quietly marked its half-century on September 2.

Prior to the pandemic the team had planned on having a large party where customers and staff past and present along with all those involved in the success of Baytree could come together and celebrate this significant milestone.

Reinhard Biehler in his 20s as Baytree celebrates its 50th anniversary (42282350)
Reinhard Biehler in his 20s as Baytree celebrates its 50th anniversary (42282350)

Reinhard Biehler and his wife Vonnie started Baytree as a small stall at the side of the road way back in 1970.

This fledgling business soon grew a shop which sold fresh fruit and vegetables and outside there were several raised beds growing a plethora of plants.

Every year after that a new building housing more gardening products would be added and 50 years later Baytree is the largest independently owned garden centre in the region boasting an incredible 16 acres of gardening retail space.

Throughout the years Baytree has supported local charities and organisations in the community.

An especially enjoyable event for the firm was being able to support the Spalding Flower Parade with the vintage Baytree van festooned in flowers and supporting the Young Farmers’ float.

Another memorable event was when Baytree hosted the giant vegetable competition which drew monster specimens from all over the region. More recently Baytree donated seeds and bulbs to
the Johnson Hospital as a thank you to all of the NHS workers.

At Christmas time the team raise money for charity from the donations taken in the feeding of Santa’s reindeer. Last year alone Baytree raised over £15,000 for local worthy causes that takes the total money raisedfor charity to over £250,000.

Reinhard, Vonnie and family have always loved this area and that’s why their love for the region is felt by customers and friends who use the garden centre as a place to meet and catch up, a place to enjoy a cracking Sunday roast, and whereadvice will be freely given.

For 50 years Baytree has been an integral part of the community.

Baytree has come through recessions, global meltdowns and now the COVID-19 pandemic Baytree has been there at the heart of your garden.

So here’s to the next 50 years from everyone at Baytree.

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