This business has been in the Thompson family for three generations. My Grandfather, Roderick E.Thompson, bought the site in 1949 and worked it with my father, Colin, growing commercial glasshouse crops in an acre of glass (salad & flowers) and supplied them to London & the Home Counties. We grew in natural soil, adding organic fertilisers and manure. During this period we learned a great deal about plant nutrition and soil conditioning, and how and where to source the purest and most fertile growing materials. We still adhere to those high standards today when buying soil. We only purchase green field loams.
My Father and Mother took over the business from my Grandfather in 1975. I began to work for them after school and in the holidays, and joined the firm full time in 1977. During the 1980's most of the businesses in Crews Hill changed from nurseries to garden centres and in this time of transition our role here at Thompsons also changed.
In 1982 we commenced selling soil and soil conditioners. We progressed to stock most types of soil, fertilisers, mulches, composts, and anything, in fact, connected with soil. We began a delivery service and started to stock turf. In 1990 we ceased commercial growing and changed the whole site to the garden supply business embracing rockery stone, cobbles, pebbles, chippings, aggregates, sleepers, etc.
We have invested in a modern screening plant and have updated our well kept fleet of lorries with another Mercedes, inkeeping with the current emissions laws.
I took over the business in June 2009, following the sad death of my father, Colin, and my mother, Mavis, the previous year. Together with my family and loyal staff, we will endeavour to continue to provide you with an unrivalled service. We thank you for your custom.