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Mucklestone Plant Nursery

Address : Rock Lane
Address : Mucklestone
Town/City : Market Drayton
County : Shropshire
Country : England
Post code : TF9 4FA
Phone : 01630 674284
Web Site :  www.botanyplants.co.uk

Specialist Plant Centre

Mucklestone Nurseries is a traditional specialist plant nursery with an exceptional range of trees, shrubs and perennials .

William and Louise Friend operate two plant nurseries , One in Kent specialising in 'Mediterranean' plants, suited to the dry, exposed but mild micro-climate of the Isle of Thanet,(RHS code SEND) and here at Mucklestone Nurseries they grow a complimentary range of plants suited to the moister, more acidic conditions of the west and north of Britain, such as azaleas, heathers, rhododendrons, bamboos, birches, rowans, acers and herbaceous perennials.(RHS code MMuc) . A comprehensive range of plants are grown across the two sites for most UK conditions.

Visitors are free to browse around both the nursery and the garden /arboretum areas around the nursery, farmhouse, fishing ponds and business centre. This collection allows plants to be propagated from stock of proven hardiness and suitability to the area for visitors to see how the plants grow.

Mucklestone Nurseries are in a stunning location, with views across to North Wales and Shropshire, and across to Mucklestone Church. The Nurseries form part of Church Farm which has extensive native woodlands, ponds and natural unimproved meadows. It is managed to enhance these habitats for the many threatened species such as wild daffodils and native dormice, found on the farm. An open afternoon is held on the first Saturday after Easter, with teas provided by Mucklestone W.I in St. Mary's Church. A nature trail of around a mile follows tracks through woods and fields , including the Winnington Drumble a local beauty spot with waterfalls, ferns and wild garlic. The trail remains open to nursery visitors from 5th April -5th May. with an ever changing succession of native spring flowers .

Our own grown Christmas trees are available , specimens cut to order, during the end of November , early December

William is available by appointment (01843 862060, m.07714241668), to give talks to garden or other groups in the area. Plants from both nurseries are available on the website www.botanyplants.co.uk for mail order and can be taken to either nursery for collection. JANET is at the nursery from Wed-Fri , all year, and Sats April-Sept , closed Sundays. Peter is on call from the business centre to assist on Mons & Tues. but if coming far please check first. 01630 674284, or mob.07929 178751 , info@botanyplants.co.uk


Mucklestone Business Centre is home to a wide range of local businesses. Can we help you ? 

Day and Annual Fishing permits are available of our fishing lakes . – enquire at the nursery .


Opening Times
Mon-Fri , all year, and Sats April-Sept , closed Sundays. ( Mons & Tues call for attn)
01630 674284, or mob.07929 178751 , info@botanyplants.co.uk


Facebook link has changed , now under William Friend - Mucklestone Nurseries .

Please note our 2016 annual spring walk is on Sat 2nd April 16 – 1st Sat after easter , and our nature trail is open from early April to early May during nursery opening times (map and notes available off website) entry free. Please promote to walkers etc.


Course fishing available – please promote – tickets pre booked at Nursery.


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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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