Now in our 11th year of trading, we have gone from strength to strength over the years successfully attracting a steady stream of customers with popular departments such as floristry, landscaping products for every garden project, plants, plant care, gifts and indoor & outdoor lifestyle ranges. The Orchard Café is a popular meeting place and Lagan Farm Shop includes Gillingham’s only independent butcher with one of the best selections of meat in town.
History of Orchard Park
The business started when two smaller but very popular local businesses got together in 2002. Milton Garden Plants in Milton-on-Stour, began life in 1984 when Richard Cumming & Sue Hardy opened their specialist perennial nursery and country plant & garden centre. Then during the 1990s, Ron and Sheila Clark opened the Rare Breed Centre, Lagan freezer meat centre and an enormously popular children’s play area called The Funny Farm, on Shaftesbury Road, Gillingham. However, the land it occupied had been allocated for commercial and employment purposes which lead to the closure of the play area by 2003. During this time, a joint partnership had been established between Ron, Sheila, Richard and Sue. They worked closely together to develop a concept for a new Garden Centre and Farm Shop, and building work started in November 2003.
Park Farm just next door to the garden centre, continues to supply the Lagan Farm Shop butchery with beef from their rare and prize-winning British White, Red Poll and Irish Moiled herds, and lamb from their Wiltshire Horn and Romney sheep keeping food miles to an absolute minimum. They farm with traditional native breeds in a completely sustainable manner with great consideration for both the quality of their product and the environment.