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Strikes Garden Centre, Leeds

Strikes Garden Centre, Leeds

Entrance to Strikes Garden Centre, Leeds
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Strikes garden centre at Wellington Hill, Leeds is part of the largest UK chain of privately owned garden centres. Does private ownership make it better? Read our review.

This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of Strikes / Klondyke garden centre in the Wellington Hill, Leeds area. Click any picture to enlarge it.


The outdoor plant areas at Strikes is very clean and tidy. The paths are wide allowing easy access for all including wheelchair users.

About a quarter of the area is under cover, click the picture on the right for a clearer view. Whilst this doesn't keep you dry when viewing all the plants in the rain, you can still see a good proportion of them and keep dry! Well done especially because this is a medium sized garden centre.

Two year hardy plant guarantee. Strikes are clearly proud and sure of the quality and prices of their plants. They have a two year hardy plant guarantee. In addition the have a money back guarantee if you find the plants cheaper elsewhere. The quality of the plants was excellent and they were all in good condition. Buy cheaper guarantee

For a medium sized garden centre the range of plants on offer was very good. The signs in the outdoor plant area were clear enabling us to locate specific plants quickly.

There was no specific help centre in the outdoor plant area which is not surprising for a garden centre of this size but staff were plentiful, knowledgeable and very helpful.

It is difficult to identify exactly why this medium-sized garden centre has managed to offer such a diverse and interesting collection of plants, but they had. All the standard shrubs, trees and plants were there. But there were also some unusual, rare even, plants as well. The picture on the left (click it to enlarge) is of a Tasmanian Tree Fern. Expensive it was but also exotic. Clearly a lot of work had been expended to present such an interesting array of plants.

Some items were slightly lower than average and some slightly higher but overall the prices were competitive. A typical shopping basket for 2008 is shown below.

Rose, 3 litre pot �6.99 upwards

Common shrub (e.g. potentilla, hebe) �5.99

Clematis �9.99 upwards

Runner Bean seeds (4m) �2.49 (Thomson and Morgan)

Multipurpose 75l �3.99 (3 for �10)

Fish, Blood and Bone, branded, 2.5kg �3.99 (buy 1 get 1 free)

Stainless steel fork �19.99 (Yeoman)

Economy spade �12.99

Tomorite 1 litre �3.99

Wild bird food 3.6kg �8.99

Medium cup of coffee in cafe �1.35