Posted: 20/11/2014 at 18:11
Nic...........if you are thinking about a gardening business within city environs, do you already own or lease the land to do it on ? Otherwise, start up costs are likely to be very expensive.
If you are simply after getting people involved in creating green amenity or growing spaces, then look to your local council. Also try looking at the other various communities which already run such schemes ( Todmorden in West Yorkshire ) is a good example and could probably give you some pointers. Admittedly, most of the schemes are slanted towards people wanting to grow their own food but there are other schemes which aim to improve any waste land by planting shrubs, fruit trees and wild flowers, etc.
It might just be me but I am still unsure whether you are looking to create something commercially viable or just want to improve your local environment and are willing to grow plants for this purpose ? There is obviously a huge difference as you already realise. If you are after a commercial business, you don't say whether you have competition locally ( be it garden centre or nursery ) and whether you have conducted any research locally which leads you to believe there is a niche which you could successfully fill.
Small specialist nurseries are, sadly, becoming few and far between and many need an "on line" profile too these days..........garden centres with everything for sale under the sun are becoming a blight and whilst they fill a need for those looking for a day out and willing to impulse spend without too much thought, they aren't doing much for those interested in plants.
Oops.....I'm beginning to sound bossy so will shut up now Be interested to know what you decide and how you intend to approach it tho sadly the North East is a bit too far for me