Strawberry Farm to celebrate Guernsey’s horticultural heritage with fruit and plant exhibition

October 3rd, 2012 by Fuller Group

Jon Wheatley, RHS Council member, and adviser to the St Saviour Farm project, with Alex Fuller, MD of The Fuller Group, at the entrance to the Strawberry Farm, which will be renamed and become a fruit and plant exhibition centre (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Plans have been submitted to the States of Guernsey Environment Department for the revitalisation of the former Strawberry Farm site in St Saviour.

The site owners wish to create a new sustainable tourist attraction adapting the existing buildings to form a new fruit and plant exhibition complimented by landscaped grounds and hospitality facilities.

The new venue will be called St Saviour’s Farm. The owners said they are keen to create an attraction that complements the site’s rural surroundings.

“It is our intention to create a truly magical venue, one that I hope will surpass expectations. The fruit and plant exhibition will be of an extremely high standard with fruit species from around the world,” Alex Fuller of The Fuller Group, who own the site, said.

“We intend to celebrate Guernsey’s horticultural heritage within the exhibit and throughout the site,” Alex Fuller said.

Guernsey architect Simon Cottell has redesigned the buildings within the three and a half acre site.

The landscaping and fruit growing exhibition will be created by Royal Horticultural Society representative Jon Wheatley and garden designer Anita Foy, who has worked for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and was previously show manager at Chelsea.

Jon Wheatley is an international and national flower show judge.

He has designed and built numerous Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning stands and said the new venue will be of a similar high standard.

“I’ve been coming to Guernsey for a number of years and I find the island an enchanting place to visit,” he said.

“You have such interesting horticultural heritage. I believe this new venture should be a big hit with visitors and locals alike.”

“The owners are making significant investment in the planting scheme in order for the exhibition, over time, to be of an extremely high standard. It will bring jobs to the rural community and provide local producers with a fantastic venue to showcase their products and services,” Jon Wheatley said.

Jon Wheatley, RHS Council member, holding the plans for St Saviour's Farm, with Alex Fuller, MD of The Fuller Group, which owns the property (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Ms Foy and Mr Wheatley are working closely with John Woodward who was formerly chief advisor to the States of Guernsey’s Horticultural Advisory Service and is a RHS Britain in Bloom judge.

Mr Woodward is advising the site owner on the indigenous aspects of the exhibition.

Jason Moriarty, Chief Officer, States of Guernsey Department of Commerce & Employment, said, “St Saviour’s Farm will be a welcome addition to Guernsey’s visitor experience.”

“Current research indicates that the natural environment, gardening, and food are key interests for the visiting tourist. An attraction that resonates all these aspects and one that celebrates our unique horticultural heritage can only be a good thing for Guernsey’s visitor economy.”


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