The nursery was started in the early 1970s by David Mansfield-Thomas. Since May 2018 the nursery is run by husband and wife team Vanessa and Jonathan Garstin with the continuing help of John and Jan Spokes. During their time, John and Jan turned what was once a charming but somewhat neglected site into a quiet and picturesque cottage garden. Jonathan and Vanessa continue that ambience with a ‘wild with nature’ look that so many enjoy when visiting Little Heath.


The nursery grows an extensive range of hardy plants,specialising in alpines and herbaceous perennials, alongside shrubs, ferns and trees,with many unusual varieties scattered in all the categories.

The site is also occupied by a tea-room, where you can sit and enjoy a piece of home-made cake and a pot of tea. The shop next to the tearoom is home to ‘Deja Vu’, a shop stocking items of antique architectural interest, antique mirrors, chandeliers, lights and much more. In the summer months, sitting outside by the pond and beneath the grapevine, it is possible to share the space with the numerous butterflies and birds that visit the farm; the perfect way to relax after an afternoon pottering around the nursery.


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