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Introducing the Notcutt Family

Roger Crompton Notcutt


Roger Crompton Notcutt is born
in 1869 to a distinguished family of
lawyers with their own legal practice.

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Roger was the youngest
of two sons.

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Outdoor life

It was recommended that, due to ill health, he should persue an outdoor life.

Broughton Road Nursery Stock


Roger had a keen interest in nature.
In his teens he acquired the
Broughton Road nursery in Ipswich.

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Starting purely as an amateur, Roger began by growing vegetables. He subsequently devoted himself to the breeding and production of Chrysanthemums.

Chrysanthemums Catalogue
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In 1895 Roger receives the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Merit for Chrysanthemum ‘Edith Tabor’.

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During the 1890s around 45 staff were employed on the nursery.

Notcutts’ Nurseries

Woodbridge Nursery


On 11th February 1897 a nursery
in Woodbridge came up for auction. Roger bought it & moved in to a house on the nursery with his family. The house is still part of Notcutts today.

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The nursery was on land originally owned by a priory, dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII.

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The Woods family had already been running a nursery on the site for 150 years, until Mr John Woods died without an
heir and the site went
up for auction.

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In 1913 a modest shop in the centre of Woodbridge town was opened.


Roger won Notcutts first Gold Medal
at Chelsea for his Azalea garden, one
of Chelsea’s first gold winners!

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As well as selling to the public, Notcutts supplied country houses with the large quantities of plants and trees needed
to stock their gardens.

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To keep up with demand, Notcutts bought land and farms around Woodbridge.

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Orders were delivered locally by horse and cart, and later by one of the first lorries in Woodbridge.

Old lorry

Our First Garden Centre

Notcutts truck and Garden Centre


Our small town centre shop is
outgrown. A custom built Garden
is constructed on the nursery
– one of the first such centres in
the country!

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In the decades shortly after WWII, new houses had smaller and smaller gardens. The business came not from the large country estates, but from new housing developments and
private homes.

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To keep up with demand, Notcutts adopted all the latest and greatest new technologies and techniques to get the most out of their nurseries.

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Charles Notcutt Joined the business in 1958 and became Managing Director in 1964.

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In the 1960s garden centres retailing blossomed. Visiting a garden centre became an enjoyable way to spend a day shopping, lunching with friends and browsing all the new plants available.

A Centenary (& Onwards!)

Flower Power Car


Notcutts celebrate its centenary!

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From the first show at
Chelsea, until Notcutts
last exhibited in 2008,
the company won 50
gold medals.

Gold medal
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In 2009, 6 new centres open to the north of the country, bringing Notcutts Garden Centres to 19.

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In 2009 Notcutts launched The Sage Privilege Club which later became Notcutts Privilege Club. An exclusive club for Notcutts customers offering many benefits including 10% off everything everyday*

Full details can be found on our Privilege Club page.

First website


Our first website opens. Notcutts ventures into the great world wide web!

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In 2012, using our years of expertise, we launched a range of Notcutts garden products, from wild bird food to tomato food. Brand leader quality at great prices.

Charles Notcutt


Sadly Charles Notcutt passed away on 1st July 2015. Notcutts is still family owned with Caroline Notcutt as Vice Chairman.

For those budding historians out there, why not visit our detailed history area?

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