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Bypass Nurseries - A Family History

Bypass Nurseries was founded in 1937 by the current Managing Director’s father, David Fenwick, making us a true family business. In the early days our main activities were nursery growing, at our original site on the old Colchester ‘bypass’, from where we get our name! From this base the company grew and at one time there were Garden Shops in Colchester, Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and London.

We have always recognised that our customers are the most important influence upon our business and we strive to make every dealing with our company a positive and memorable experience. These photographs show some of our early work and a few of the workers who helped to make Bypass Nurseries what it is today.

The original nursery business soon diversified into the highly specialised area of seed growing – with a particular emphasis on primroses. At its height, the nursery was harvesting something in the region of 50 kilos of primrose seed under contract from companies in France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Holland. From our earliest days we’ve been committed to providing excellent quality, service and value to our customers, and our aim today is to provide the local communities in which we operate with superb quality plants and garden products and attractive ranges of garden furniture, BBQs, gifts and much more.

Bypass Nurseries Garden Centre - ‘great ideas to get you growing’

Inspired 2016 - Bypass Nurseries Garden Centre  
Inspired 2016 - Bypass Nurseries Garden Centre