The nursery was started in the early 1970s by David Mansfield-Thomas. The nursery is currently run by husband and wife team John and Jan Spokes. They had been exhibiting alpines for a number of years at various local shows when the opportunity to run Little Heath Farm arose. They have now been at the nursery for ten years or so and have managed to turn what was once a charming but somewhat neglected site into a quiet and picturesque cottage garden.
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 farm is also home to ‘Sanuk’, a tribal arts and crafts shop stocking items from around the world, many of which are fair-trade, as well as Hertfordshire honey (some hives are located just below the nursery) and local free-range eggs. 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.