Posted: 09/09/2016 at 13:34
There is a massive Wyvale near me at Bridgemere Cheshire. Its so big people come on coach trips from all over. I just find them very expensive in comparison to an independent I use. My wife and feel that it's all very 'instant gardening' and aimed at the day trippers. There are two others in Cheshire that I know off. One is excellent, the other, as said earlier has become a bit downtrodden. With small stock that's not in very good nick. However, we are very lucky in Cheshire and have quite a bit of choice.
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I'm guessing that's the one which used to be Bridgmere Garden World way back when. If so, it had gone downhill badly long before Wyevale got involved with it. We used to call in there on our way back from visiting friends near Manchester, and saw the decline over time.
Not attempting to justify stupid prices, and you're right that a number of Wyevale places seem more aimed at day trippers than gardeners. I was actually at our local one today to use up my vouchers before the run out! Could hardly move for wrinklies, and no chance to get a cuppa as millions of them were queueing in there too.