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Blooming for 150 years.

A TOP Brighouse business is preparing for its 150th birthday.

Kershaws Garden Centre was established as a nursery in 1864.

It is celebrating a massive 150th birthday this year and the Yates family have been running it since the early 1920s.

Mark Yates, manager, said they have many celebratory events - starting with a garden festival challenge.

It all started when the Kershaw family acquired what was known as Slead Syke Nurseries back in 1864.

In 1929 the nursery changed hands and was taken over by Yates Seeds.

Mark is the third generation of his family to take the held, saying: "My grandfather William and father Nick were in charge before me.

"It's a real family run business."

And while it will be some time before his son, Harry, aged six, gets involved, the celebratory events will not only be for family but for the whole community too.

Mark added: "We've events planning for all year round, the big birthday celebration will be the August 2 weekend when we'll also mark Yorkshire Day.

"We'll also be doing something for the Grand Depart and other events in the school holidays."

And community is at the heart of the business, they are a member of the Brighouse Business Initiative and help organise the many town centre events that have seen Brighouse thrive.

And they also work with local schools for the In Bloom competition.

The first of the celebratory events will be the Garden Festival Challenge.

People are invited to design a 1m x1m 'pallet' garden and the winning entries will be constructed and will form a festival at the garden centre.

It's open to schools, community groups, clubs, and individuals within the community Mark added: "It is an opportunity to showcase your love of gardening and imaginative ideas in a fun challenge."

Closing date for entries is March 31 and contact Liz Kenny or Mark Yates on 01484 713435 or email them on info@kershawgardencentre.co.uk

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2014
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