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Expertise grown over decades

Decades of innovation and sustainable growing have shaped Bridge Farm into what it is today. Our roots as a family business continue to shape our values and ethical approach.

Bridge Farm at a glance

acres of glasshouse
million plants grown each year
million tulip stems grown each year
million litre rainwater reservoir
energy efficient LED lights
megawatt sustainable biomass boiler

Our Story

Bridge Farm Nurseries was established in 1988 by Jayne and Tony Ball to grow houseplants for the wholesale trade, with a focus on cultivating as sustainably as possible. In 2010 their son David joined the business and, sharing his parents’ vision, put an ambitious plan in place to diversify and expand the business. David was instrumental in creating the industry-leading glasshouse facility we have today.

  • 1988
    Bridge Farm Nurseries is founded by Jayne and Tony Ball, growing houseplants in 0.25 acres of glasshouse.
  • 2010
    After completing an economics degree at Sheffield University, Jayne and Tony’s son David joins the family business. Bridge Farm purchases Neame Lea Nursery, a 5-acre site growing bulbs and bedding plants.
  • 2015
    The original Bridge Farm site now has 4.5 acres of glasshouse and we complete the development of another 9 acre site at Horseshoe Nursery. This expansion in capacity allows us to start supplying direct to retailers: the start of our longstanding relationships with UK grocery customers.
  • 2017
    North Edge supports us in a management buyout, providing us with the capital to continue expanding the business and our cultivation capacity.
  • 2018
    We gain planning permission for a new state-of-the-art glasshouse facility on a 100-acre site in Lincolnshire, investing £45m in its development.
  • May 2019
    Phase 1 of the new glasshouse is completed, providing 20 acres of new capacity. Consolidating our operations into one larger capacity facility allows us to improve operational efficiency and product quality.
  • Dec 2019
    After a period of exceptional growth we are recognised with industry awards as Protected Ornamental Grower of the Year, High Growth Business of the Year and Supermarket Floral and Plant Supplier of the Year.
  • Apr 2020
    Phase 2 of our glasshouse is complete, giving us 40 acres of state-of-the-art glasshouse with robotics, automation, LED lighting and computerised climate control.