On Friday the 29th of July 2016 Longacres completed the purchase of a new site – welcome to Longacres Bybrook Barn! Watch out for our grand opening weekend on the 8th and 9th of October, with some very special exclusive offers… (you can view opening times and contact details here, but please be aware that opening times are subject to change very soon!)
Based in Ashford, Kent, Bybrook Barn has been running for over 40 years – family-owned, very similar to Longacres. It was one of the country’s leading garden centres, and we aim to restore it to this status as quickly as possible! It’s important to note that it’s very much business as usual while we start the improvement works – we’ve retained all of the staff and we are still open 7 days a week.
What’s taking place? We’ve begun the big task of clearing out the tired fixtures and fittings – ready to improve every department. After that we’ll be adding:
Cut flowers! Immediately on your right as you enter the centre will be a brand new flower fridge, offering the same range and value as you’ll find at all Longacres stores. We’ll also be providing floristry services – ready-made hand tied bouquets, along with a make up service and the usual offerings of flowers for events, funerals and more.
More ranges and LOTS more products – indoor and outdoor plants, garden sundries, giftware, seasonal ranges like barbecues and furniture, toys, cards, clothing, chemicals, stoneware, food, fencing – everything you would expect from a modern garden centre.
Online shopping and Click and Collect – although Bybrook had a website, it was for information only. In the next month or so (once we have products in place) you’ll be able to order online for delivery or collection in store.
A drive through area – ideal for loading up on bulky gardening essentials like compost, bark, turf and aggregates. This has proved a great success at Longacres in Bagshot.
We’ll also be improving and re-lining the car park to make it easier for customers.
We’re very excited about our new site, and look forward to seeing you there! If you’re planning a visit you can find us here: Longacres Bybrook Barn, Cemetery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN24 9JZ
Nigel Long and Terry Burch shaking hands on completion
School is out for summer so we here at Longacres want to help you make the most of it!
To keep the kids entertained this summer, we’re running a competition to win £100 worth of Summer play products. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize is send us a picture of your outdoors den or play area! Whether it be a tree house, a fairy garden patch, a Wendy house, a pop up tent or even a couple of sofa cushions made in to a fort on the lawn, we want to see you enjoying and making the most of the summer!
To enter, simply post your image on the Longacres Facebook page and be sure to show us some love with a ‘Like’ & a ‘Share’ on the pinned post at the top of the page. Good luck everyone and be sure to put on some sun cream before venturing outside to snap a photo!
Entries must be submitted by the 07/08/16 at 11:59pm with the winner being announced on the evening of 08/08/16. All images must be your own. Maximum of one entry per child. Parents and guardians can upload multiple pictures if you have more than 1 child. To be in with a chance of winning you must have hit the like and share buttons on the pinned post at the top of the Longacres Facebook page. If any children are included in your picture that are not your own you MUST get consent from their parents or guardians. Longacres does not take responsibility for any pictures that are submitted that break the previous rule – but can remove anything at the request of parents or guardians via a private message to the page. If you do not have a Facebook account but would still like to enter, you can email us a picture to email@example.com and we will upload it for you. Winner must be able to pick out and collect prizes from our Bagshot branch (yes you get to choose your own prizes up to £100.00 in value!)
For just 2 weeks only, you can save massive 25% offFurniture sets, Gas barbecues & Charcoal barbecues to help you make the most of Summer 2016!
Now you can transform your garden for even less with our amazing range of outdoor furniture and barbecues! We have some astonishing prices including the Emelina 6 Seat Set now at £561.75 (RRP £1079, Was £749), the Wentworth Bar Set now at £674.25 (RRP £1399, Was £899), the Amola Sofa Set now at £675.25 (RRP £1129, Was £899) and more barbecues than you could shake a stick at!
You can view our range online and our full range in store at our Bagshot branch. Be sure to call us on 01276 476 778 before placing any orders as stock is selling fast!
We also have a huge range of barbecue fuels, accessories and fresh meat from Bevan’s Butchers to help you make the most of your brand new barbecues, as well as a range of furniture covers to ensure your furniture stays in tip top condition (these items are not included in the sale – sorry!)
Techmar is the simple and easy plug & play lighting system that anyone can install and enjoy (no electrician courses needed we promise!) Ideal for lighting up any path way, garden feature, wall, bed, porch, decking, pond or any other area of your garden you can think of.
We stock a wide range of lamps, post lights, stone lights, spot lights, leads, transformers, timers and connectors to make sure that any area of garden that you want illuminated can be enjoyed even when the sun goes down.
Scruffs have created a fantastic new range of cooling mats that help keep your dog cool this Summer, with no freezing or refrigerating needed!
Simply unroll the non toxic gel filled mat and watch your beloved dog enjoy a place to sit that is 5-10 degrees cooler than room temperature for a whole hour. When the hour is up, simply leave the mat unused for another hour and it’s ready to be used again – it really is as simple as that!
For when you want something a little bit more eye catching and bright in your garden, you need Rockin’ Colour!
Forget your quite little corner of peace and bliss; some people want a garden that the astronauts can see from the International Space Station! And we can’t blame them; everyone wants something different and there isn’t much that’s more different than our Rockin’ Colour range!
Our 20kg bags are currently £5.99 each or 2 for £10, so you can fill up your garden and make it a unique place to spend time in for less. You can view our range online by clicking here.
Love it or hate it? Let us know in the comments section below!
The title says it all doesn’t it. Could anything really be that easy? Yes! Wet and Forget really does do what it says on the pack.
If you are struggling to clean your drive of lichen or your patio of moss, this is the solution. Wet and Forget is non-caustic, non-acidic and contains no bleach. Just one 5L container makes 30L of product. Spray onto the surface and….yep, forget! Not only will it remove moss, algae, lichen and mould, it carries on working for 12 months. The other great thing about it is that if you don’t need to use it all straight away, it has an unlimited shelf life. Currently on sale for £29.99 at Longacres.
Our good friends from 96.4 Eagle Radio will be joining us on Monday 4th of July as part of The Love Tour 2016! The team will be setting up and broadcasting from 6.30am all the way through until 9.00pm in the Longacres Bagshot car park.
It promises to be an amazing day with 10% off purchases* all day, late night opening until 9.00pm, fun, games, the £1,000 minute played live, an outdoor barbecue & summer party (weather permitted) and so much more!
Why not pop down and say hello to Peter Gordon, Bev, Adam Morris, Simon Rose and Lewis Mason during their day with us here at Longacres to celebrate the 4th of July in style (yee-haw!)
Longacres is looking someone to be responsible for the management of the Garden Centre
and to direct and lead a team of Department Managers, Team Leaders and Sales Assistants
in delivering very high levels of customer experience to maximise sales and profits whilst
minimising losses especially with stock.
Ensure excellence of customer experience is continually delivered throughout the Garden
Centre at all times. Ensure very high standards of store presentation and merchandising are
maintained Achievement KPI targets for turnover, stock and losses are achieved throughout
the store. Control of budgets by planning and managing resources effectively. Improve gross
margins by reductions in waste and stock losses. Reduce overheads by keeping control of all
costs and expenditure. To produce business reports and presentations to senior managers
as required. To optimize stock availability by ensuring effective systems for replenishment
are achieved. Seasonal and product promotions are planned and delivered. Management of
senior leadership teams throughout the business group to recruit, motivate and develop an
effective retail team complying with company procedures and ensuring individual
performance is regularly reviewed through assessment and appraisal. To create an effective
communication strategy, including team meetings and briefings to ensure accuracy of
information across all employees. All Company Health & Safety procedures are adhered to
and compliance with all statutory requirements.
For this role they are seeking:
An experienced Retail Manager from either the garden centre, supermarket to high street
retail sector. Be capable of giving the customer the best possible customer experience and
be able to demonstrate this through past experience Candidates must have experience of
working and managing large multi-million pound centres. Be capable of managing a team of
over 300 staff. Must have great commercial acumen, be an insightful and an instinctive
retailer who does not need to be driven by head office instructions.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter to Chris Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download an application form here (or right click > save as). The form is in pdf format – if you can’t open it you can get a free reader here.