THE landowner of Studley Grange Craft Village and Butterfly World will take over management of the site’s Bourneville garden centre later this year.

Tony Miller of Studley Grange Ltd spoke of his delight at regaining the reins of the Hay Lane shop on September 30, 25 years after leasing it to a company now owned by Wyevale.

He said: “I am over the moon to bring the garden centre back in-house, allowing us to fully integrate it with the craft village, Butterfly World, farm park and zoo on the 25-acre site.

“We have recently obtained planning approval linking the garden centre and craft village together with more favourable conditions on use.

“Our existing management and staff are excited and looking forward to working with their new colleagues at the garden centre and all current staff will be transferred.”

Mr Miller plans to use businesses from the Swindon area to supply stock and carry out maintenance instead of national companies.

He intends to carry out minor repairs to the centre at the start of October and change the sort of stock being sold there once the already-ordered Christmas stock is off the shelves.

Mr Miller added: “There will be changes but it won’t be overnight, things will carry on as normal until the end of the year and the new approach will take time.

“In the new year, I will order products that I think people will buy rather than receiving stock from a head office that must be sold whether people want it all or not.

“Smaller local suppliers will be used whenever possible.

“I intend to integrate the staff more, consulting them and getting their ideas on how to move forward.

“In the medium-term, there will be a permanent physical link between the garden centre, the new buildings and the rest of the area that make it more cohesive rather than having the garden centre as a separate thing.”

A Wyevale spokesman said: “We strive for a positive outcome for all our centres and I am delighted that Swindon Hay Lane will continue to be run as a garden centre, with all employees to transfer over to new ownership.

“I would like to wish them all the very best for the future.”