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About the people..

We are real, local, people. Not a large online corporation.

Hortico was set up in 2006 by Piers and Sarah Lavan. They met working in the Swindon based buying office for Homebase Horticultural Department. Having left that business in 1999 they both worked in various corporate Horticulture roles until setting up the business, originally making hanging baskets for pubs. The nursery opened in 2009 (taking over a derelict site - formerly Sherston Parva Nursery) and it has been growing and evolving ever since. Piers is a Master of Horticulture (RHS) specialising in plant nutrition and growing media. 

James Pike starting working for Hortico in 2008 and has literally built the business in Sherston. In his time at Hortico he has gained an RHS level 3 diploma, with a Colegrave Foundation scholrship. In 2021 he has formally become a partner in Hortico.