We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring!

Got an addiction to coffee and a passion for great food?

We are after an enthusiastic person to join our team on a part time basis. No experience is necessary, but a passion to serve our wonderful customers with great food and coffee is a must. On site training will be provided

March 21, 2021 — James Lay
tree-planting-essentials

Our Fledgling Orchard

Jimmie and I had a really good couple of days the other week, during a brief respite in the weather, planting some trees in our fledgling orchard.
February 06, 2021 — Andrew Lay
'The best time to plant a tree'

'The best time to plant a tree'

Someone famous once said “the best time to plant a tree is 100 years ago.  The second best time is now.”
January 29, 2021 — Andrew Lay
Cut Tree or Pot Grown?

Cut Tree or Pot Grown?

Cut tree or pot grown? Which should you choose?
 
The traditional Christmas tree choice has always been a cut tree, sliced off at the base and jammed in a stand for Christmas, only to face the tip come January, is their an alternative if you want a real tree? Yes, but it's not for everyone.
 
Here at Lay of the Land we have a large selection of 'pot grown' Christmas trees. Although more expensive than their cut brethren, they should survive happily through Christmas and for many years to come, provided they are looked after and re-potted as required.
November 29, 2020 — Peter Lay
Watering 101

Watering 101

Watering's about the most basic and essential part of gardening, particularly when pots are involved. Dad shares some thoughts.
August 08, 2020 — Peter Lay
Jimmie what’s taking you so long?!? (café update)

Jimmie what’s taking you so long?!? (café update)

Some people have been wondering why our café didn’t open at the beginning of July when the folk in no 10 gave the all-clear, or in the weeks following like many other café’s. Hopefully, you’ll be pleased to know, we will be opening the café, for takeaway only, from this Friday, 7th of August.

We thought it would be good to offer some insight into our thoughts, and explain why we’re not opening more fully.
August 05, 2020 — Peter Lay
Supporting Independents

Supporting Independents

Our café is still closed, but we just wanted to take a minute to put a word in for our fellow independent cafés & coffee shops, along with all the other independent hospitality, retail or service businesses that have been affected by the ongoing pandemic. This post is coffee biased, but the sentiment applies more widely
July 13, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Changing and Challenging Times

Changing and Challenging Times

Sitting here at my desk, in what would normally be the cafe, looking out through the rain streaked window at a sodden plant area being buffeted by unseasonably high winds, I finally get the time to reflect on everything that has changed this year.
June 29, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Our Covid-19 Plan

Our Covid-19 Plan

We will be open for limited browsing from Monday 18 th of May, by appointment only.

In the meantime we continue serving customers over the phone, email, Facebook, and soon on our website. We will continue to provide local delivery and contactless collection for the foreseeable future.

Why? On Monday the government very quietly announced that garden centres could open. We are concerned about how manageable this will be at the peak of the gardening season whilst maintaining everyone’s safety, but we are also keen to allow those who desperately want to get out, and browse our plants, to do so, and do so safely.

We encourage as many people as possible to use our home delivery and contactless collection services where possible.

May 12, 2020 — Andrew Lay
Covid-19

Covid-19

For obvious reasons our little Garden Centre has been closed to the public this week, and will be for the foreseeable future; we will shall continue to provide updates on social media channels. However we still have a small team in the garden centre trying to fulfil orders with a free local delivery service.  

Please can we ask that people don’t visit the garden centre for the safety of all our customers and staff. Despite shut gates and signs we have had a number of people try and come in, doing so puts both our staff and yourselves at risk! 
March 20, 2020 — Andrew Lay