MAYOR David Birley officially opened Castle Gardens’ 30th anniversary celebrations on Saturday with a cake cutting ceremony attended by customers, local businesses and friends of the garden centre.
Following a toast, where Mr Birley congratulated the Sherborne garden centre on reaching such a milestone, as well acknowledging its continued commitment and work with charity initiatives and the community, the cake was cut to mark the start of 14 days of celebrations.
The Gardens Group managing director Mike Burks said: “It was an honour to have so many familiar faces joining us to raise a glass for our 30th anniversary.
“When my wife Louise and I arrived in 1987, it was a bitterly cold winter and we had our work cut out to clear the site, uncovering all sorts from fallen cold frames, greenhouse bases and even whole buildings covered in ivy.
“When the doors opened for the first time on April 1, 1987, we had just one till, and now 30 years on, we have a wonderful team of more than 60 staff at Castle Gardens alone. We’re extremely proud of everything we have achieved and are looking forward to seeing what the next 30 years has in store.”
With plans for tree planting at schools and other sites across the community, charity fundraising initiatives and special offers at Castle Gardens, the celebrations have only just begun. On Friday 7 April, Sharandys Birds of Prey will return to Castle Gardens with a selection of birds including an eagle owl, barn owl, tawny owl, Malaysian wood owl and American kestrel.
From 10am to 4pm, gardeners of all ages will be able to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.