Gotherington Nurseries is a family owned, independent retail horticultural Nursery, located near Bishops Cleeve, less than one mile from The Prescott Hill Climb with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway running behind the Nurseries.
We started retailing from this site in April 1991, mainly selling the bedding plants we had grown. Over the years the Nurseries have developed and expanded, however we are proud to be a working Nursery, still growing seasonal bedding plants but also cottage garden plants and vegetable plants too.
This not only ensures the quality and freshness of the plants as they do not have to travel from other parts of the country, but it enables us to sell a fantastic range.
We are members of the Horticultural Trades Association. They provide advice and support to enable us to offer a great shopping experience for our customers. It has the added bonus of enabling us to sell and redeem National Garden Gift Vouchers here.
In 2007, we acquired Toddington Garden Centre on the Stow Road in Toddington, next to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. In 2011 we became a limited company known as Cotswold & Vale Garden Centres Limited.
The History of Gotherington
There is evidence to suggest that Gotherington was in existence by about 780 A.D. and its name means “farmstead associated with Guthere”. At some time after this, probably by the end of the 10th Century, the area was split into Upper and Lower Gotherington and this distinction continued into the 16th Century.
Gotherington appears in the Domesday Book as a one line entry. In 1851 there were five farms of over 100 acres and a further six of more than 25 acres. After this time agricultural activity declined and there was an upsurge in market gardening in the village. Other changes also occurred with the appearance of a number of shops in the village; the school started in 1881 and a post office opened in 1894; the Parish Council was inaugurated in 1894.
The G.W.R. Honeybourne to Cheltenham railway line, which served Gotherington, was completed in 1906 and operated until 1976. As part of the Toddington – Cheltenham Racecourse restored line, trains now pass through Gretton, Stanley Pontlarge and Far Stanley, through Dixton Cutting and occasionally stopping (on request) at Gotherington Halt.
With kind permission of the Gotherington Area Local History Society. www.gotherington.org.uk/history-society