About Us

  • Robert O'Rourke - Garden Centre Manager

    Robert has been working in horticulture from a young age, and studied Commercial Horticulture at the University of Greenwich. Following an early career in garden centres, Robert had his own successful nursery in the Borders before joining Plantsplus in early 2020 to combine his passion for retail and plants.

  • Chris Davidson - Assistant Manager

    Having worked here for over 4 years, Chris has been responsible for stock control and the EPOS function of the business. He now forms part of the management team, assisting Robert in the running of the centre. A keen golfer, Chris' favourite plant is an azalea like the ones at Augusta Golf Club.

  • Sarah Stokoe - Assistant Manager

    Sarah has been working in hospitality for the last 20 years and has recently made her move to retail in the garden centre industry to home in on her gardening passion. A recent addition to the team, Sarah is excited to experience a new sector and assist in the management of the ever-growing team.

  • Stew Sparkes - Plant Area Manager

    Stew has been working with plants for the last 35 years and takes a keen interest in growing perennials in our comprehensive nursery. He has worked in all areas of horticulture, from community and commercial growing to retail. His favourite plant is the Peony Rose.

  • Mark Sutherland - Production Manager

    Mark has been growing plants for over 25 years and enjoys seeing the customers fill their gardens with his home-grown bedding plants. Plants make people happy, and Mark enjoys growing varieties such as the thousands of begonias which customers come back for year after year.

  • Ashley Minett - Pet Shop Manager

    Having ran a successful aquatics shop in the past, Ashley has joined the team at Plantsplus to manage the new pet department. With an Advanced Diploma in Water Chemistry and Animal Management, Ashley bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team, with the aim of growing the pet department rapidly in its first year.

  • Jill Reid - Catering Manager

    Jill has been working within the catering & hospitality management for over 34 years, with a strong background in contract catering within the education sector. When Jill isn't managing our busy restaurant, you will find her out walking in the glorious scenery of Northumberland, or even rock climbing!

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