On the evening of Thursday 13th March, a fire broke out at Castle Gardens, Sherborne and as a result extensive damage was caused to the main greenhouse at the Garden Centre. The enormous efforts of the team at Castle Gardens will enable business to continue on the run up to Easter - one of the busiest times of the year for the Centre.
"Of course we are all devastated and shocked by the fire but we are extremely thankful that no one was physically injured. The team of fire fighters, who arrived from several stations, worked through the night, as did the police force, and they were all magnificent. By morning we could all see the damage and I must admit it looked a very sad sight, but we all laughed when the resident cats came to have a look too. Although the damage to the building is severe, we are now looking forwards as gardeners always do. Our aim is to open the doors on Saturday 15th March so that our customers are not inconvenienced at one of the most important growing times of the year for gardeners," explained Mike Burks, MD of The Gardens Group.
"Our suppliers have been really supportive and we've had dozens of calls from our customers offering help. We are all grateful for this kindness and can only say please do come and see for yourself how much we have been able to sort out in a very short space of time," said Mike Burks.