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Woodlands Garden Centre, Leicestershire

Woodlands Garden Centre, Leicestershire

Entrance to Woodlands Garden Centre Leicestershire
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The entrance to the Woodlands Garden Centre in Stapleton, Leicestershire.

This is a totally independent GardenAction opinion of the Woodlands Garden Centre in Leicestershire. It's clear, as soon a you go through the front entrance that plenty of help is available if you require it. There is a large and  well-staffed help desk in the main sales area. 

It's also clear that this garden centre is undergoing a major upgrade. In the next few months the facilities will be upgraded to include a 50 seat coffee  shop which will also serve a variety of wines. The flower shop (Florista) will be expanded in size to 15,000 sq ft, the Food Hall will also be expanded and parts of the Car Park will be resurfaced. The existing sales area is 93,000 sq ft which makes Woodlands very large by any standards.


Clear plant signs At the heart of any garden centre are the plants and our examination showed them to be healthy, well-watered and set out well. The high-level and clear signs allowed us to easily locate the plants we were looking for. Especially helpful were the signs showing plant types (shade loving, sun loving and lots more).

The information shown for individual plants was  useful and exactly where you wanted it, right by the plants. Click on the picture to the right for an example of the information provided.

There was no information centre in the plants area with reference books or similar.  Informative plant information

Woodlands offer a one year guarantee on all hardy plants. Many garden centres offer no guarantee, so the one year guarantee is commendable. This is not the longest guarantee in the garden centre world but it should be sufficient.

Woodlands also offer a gift wrapping service for plants at a small cost. 

Standard prices at the large garden centres such as Woodlands are very similar as our small shopping basket below shows. Woodlands appeared to be slightly above average as far as standard prices were concerned but see the special offers information below the table.

Rose, 3 litre pot �5.99 (see below)

Common shrub (e.g. potentilla) �6.99

Potted fruit tree (various rootstocks) �24.99

Growmore, branded, 3.5kg �4.99 (see below)

Growmore, branded, 1.5kg �2.99

Miracle Gro, soluble plant food, 1kg �3.79

Evergreen Complete Lawn, 3.5kg �7.99

Woodlands scored well on special offers at the time we reviewed it. Two 

offers which affect the standard purchases in our shopping basket were exceptional value. One rose for �5.99 is average, the special offer of three roses for �10 is almost irresistible! The same goes for the buy 1 get 1 free offer on the 3.5kg Growmore.



Name: linda harrald
E-mail: Private
Date posted: September 25, 2011 - 01:18 pm
Message: WHERE CAN I BY a garden cover to fit four garden chairs and a 6ft x 4ft 3/4 drop for the table. All must fit under neath the sheet. No one seems to be selling any at all within my area.YOUR HELP WOULD BE A BLESSING THANKS

Name: Mrs P. Fanshawe
E-mail: Private
Date posted: August 05, 2011 - 01:15 pm
Message: I bought lovely, silk poppies from you a few years ago and would like to buy more. Your ones were the only really realistic ones I've seen and can't find them anywhere else.
Please help!!

Name: Mr John Mears
Date posted: November 29, 2010 - 05:38 am
Message: Do you sell artificial grass, I want to brighten up my back yard which is concreted and develop a farmyard scene.

Name: Mrs Tracey Preston
Date posted: October 05, 2010 - 04:02 am
Message: Hi there,
Could you please let me know when you open your christmas theme, I love bringing the children to see it it every year, We can't wait :D