Spalding grower followed his father into business

Susan Page and Peter Cunnington at the nursery. Photo: SG010816-102TW
Susan Page and Peter Cunnington at the nursery. Photo: SG010816-102TW
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One of Spalding grower Peter Cunnington’s earliest memories is of being on the market at St Albans aged eight with his father.

Peter joined his father in the horticultural business when he left school in the early 1960s, before going into partnership with him a decade later.

At that time the public were able to visit their nursery, and among the better known visitors Peter recalls were the novelist Barbara Cartland and musician Acker Bilk.

Peter says: “There are a few people I have known on the market stall for years, but even now I am meeting new customers and they say, ‘You have such a lovely selection’. I don’t really want to stop, but what do you do?”

While Peter has no plans to grow anything on the nursery, he admits he may end up doing that, and his younger son Jack, who is returning from Australia shortly, may also have plans for the space.

Without the tie of the nursery, Peter will also have time to visit his older son, who lives in Australia.

Peter says: “I like the idea of not having to get the van ready and drive all the way down there and all the way back, but I am going to miss the people.”