Big honour for garden centre

Brighouse Civic Trust with the Blue Plaque at Kershaw's Garden Centre, Brighouse.
Brighouse Civic Trust with the Blue Plaque at Kershaw's Garden Centre, Brighouse.

A Hove Edge garden centre is the latest landmark to be presented with a blue heritage plaque.

Kershaw’s Garden Centre on Halifax Road was presented with the honour by Brighouse Civic Trust and joins a list of Brighouse buildings to be presented with the honour.

The company is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2014 and owner Mark Yates said this had kickstarted their celebrations.

Charles Kershaw (1819-1903) originally established Slead Syke Nurseries on the site, and as a landscape gardener, he was also commissioned to design the gardens at The Rydings - the first public park in Brighouse.

In 1928 Samuel Yates of Leeds bought into Kershaw’s company and his family have run the business up to the present day with Nick Yates and son Mark now running the business.

The site now boasts a diverse range of outlets including an ironing service, home furniture, computer clinic and home brew shop.

The centre is also preparing for Father Christmas visiting on Saturday, November 16, and there is spooky activities taking place there this week.

The garden centre joins The Calder Pub and the Salvation Army on King Street in having been presented with heritage plaques in 2013.