Chris and Martine Tellwright started Fleurie Nursery in 1986 by renting 1.2 Hectares of land on a County Council smallholding in Barnham, near Chichester, West Sussex. Initially crops were grown for sale through the on-site farm shop and there was also some contract growing of nursery stock. In 1988 the shop was closed to concentrate on the wholesale production of liners and finished nursery stock.
Fleurie Nursery joined the Farplants cooperative in 1991 which led to considerable growth in business and expansion in the range of plants grown for the retail garden centre market.
The company bought Eastergate Nursery in 1999 (it’s second production site) which added an additional 4 acres of production. The business continued to expand taking on a rented site of 4 acres, and in 2005 purchased Springfield Nursery (fourth production site) adding an additional 2 acres of production. The continuing development of this site has added an additional 3.5 acres of production area.
In March 2019 Fleurie Nursery purchased the production site formerly owned by Starplants, adding a further 7.5 acres of covered and outdoor production. This was further expanded on and upgraded in 2021 with the installation of a Vermako structure providing additional covered production space of 2.5 acres.
Fleurie now grows on over 27 acres in a range of outdoor areas, polythene tunnels, heated and cold glass, and employs approximately 45 permanent members of staff across 5 sites in the local area.