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Peter Lowater checking the Tomato crop

Peter Lowater checking the Tomato crop

Block 1 full of NFT tomatoes

Block 1 full of NFT tomatoes

Recieving the Grower of the Year Award 2013

Recieving the Grower of the Year Award 2013

Block 1 full of Hebe

Block 1 full of Hebe

Company Heritage

 

In 2013 we celebrated our 50th Anniversarry by Winning 'Nursery Stock Grower of the Year'

Lowaters Nursery was established by Peter Lowater in 1963 - Peter is very much involved in the business today. 

The Nursery capitalises on the unique South Coast locationn to grow a wide range of plants which are often thought of as hard to produce commercially, such as Hebe.  The nursery specialises in Hebe growing over 180,000 per annum, we have introduced many new varieties over the years and continue to focus on breeding.

We grow a further 300,000 plants accross a wide number of Genera to make our range as interesting as possible with the best in modern breeding.

A brief History of Lowaters

  • 1963 established by Peter Lowater growing strawberries with 7.5 acres of land 
  • 1969 a further 5 acres of land was purchased and the nursery changed from strawberry to tomato production
  • 1970 added Rhubarb production
  • 1973 installed the first NFT Tomato system in the UK in
  • 1983 the nursery started to grow ornamental garden plants developing a niche for Hebe's, Southern Hemisphere, new and unusual plants which continues today.
  • 1991 tomato production ceased and whole nursery producing Ornamental Garden Plants
  • 1995 purchased Richmond site a further 4 acres of land
  • 1996 gained Investors in People (we are no longer registered but continue to work within the frameworks set down)
  • 1999 changed form partnership to limited company
  • 2004 Garden Beauty brand launched to Garden Centres
  • 2005Lowaters achieved BOPP certification (we no longer have registration but maintain many of the principles in our activities and records)
  • 2008 Lowaters achieved registration to ISO 14001
  • 2010 rainwater harvesting unit implemented and on August 1st ceased to use mains water for irrigation
  • 2011 Photovolteic cells installed to generate electricity
  • 2012 Whole team achieved NVQ business improved techniques
  • 2012 Winners of the Environment Agency 'Water Efficiency Award'
  • 2013 Awarded 'Nursery Stock Grower of the Year'