Welcome to Gordale

Conveniently located in the Wirral and set in 15 glorious acres, Gordale is so much more than just a garden centre. We’re an award-winning destination garden and home store with a loyal team of helpful experts. Whatever the season, we’re always thinking of lovely ideas to ensure you and your family have a great visit.


Our history

Established in 1948, Gordale is one of the oldest garden centres in Britain. My parents, Harold and Joyce Nicholson, bought the property whilst working on a farm in Wiltshire. They arrived by motorbike and sidecar, along with their six ducks, while their cows followed by train before being walked from Hooton station to Gordale. We’ve always been a bit different! Initially, my parents ran Gordale as a smallholding, producing goods for the local markets, and the original cafe was famous for its chicken salads – a luxury during the rationing of WW2.

In 1949, they tried to sell Gordale at auction, so they could start a new life in Canada. However, while many bids were received, the highest failed to meet the reserve price set, by just £50. My parents decided to stay and make a go of it and we’re so happy they did! Over the years, trade increased and goods had to be bought in to supplement those produced on site. With the nation’s growing interest in gardening the lines sold rapidly, increasing to in excess of 20,000.

In 1979, after studying horticulture in England and Holland, I joined the company and we continued to expand. Today, Gordale remains at the forefront of garden centre retailing. We never stand still. We always have lovely ideas in the pipeline. My wife, Jill and I, together with our dedicated staff, would like to invite you to come and see why we are one of Cheshire’s leading garden and home centres and why, over the years, we’ve won ‘Britain’s Best Garden Retailer’, ‘Independent Retail Outlet of the Year’ and ‘Garden Centre of the Year’.

Peter Nicholson

Latest news

Colourful Primrose


DIY Week Sustainability Award

“The judges recognised that Gordale is really engaging with its customers. They liked that the business individually takes on larger problems and communicates a strong sustainability ethic in a way that its customers can understand. The centre is the next generation, pioneering important ideas and applying them to local level.”

Weber Outdoor Living Award

Awarded by the Garden Centre Association as the Best Outdoor Living Retailer in the UK, within the destination garden centre category.



Garden Centre of Excellence

As commended by the Garden Centre Association. Selected as the 7th best garden centre out of over 200 countrywide, and THE best garden centre on the Wirral.

Best Outdoor Living Retailer

Awarded by the Garden Centre Association as the best Destination Garden Centre in the North west for outdoor living.

Neston and District Business Awards

Big Business of the Year
Green Business Award

DIY Week Awards

Garden Retailer of the year (UK)

The Garden Centre Association

Highly Commended Garden Centre Award of Merit for ‘Garden Care’ Award of Merit for ‘Customer Service’ Award of Merit for ‘Approach and Car Park’ Award of Merit for ‘Outdoor Living’ Award of Merit for ‘Indoor Lifestyle’ Award of Merit for ‘Play Area’ Award of Merit for ‘Hardy Plants’ Award of Merit for ‘Houseplants’ Award of Merit for ‘Garden Centre Staff’ North West Special Award for Outstanding Achievement

Garden Retail Awards 2010

Joanne Massam Head of Floristry – Employee of the Year

The Garden Centre Association

Award of Merit for ‘Checkout Area’ Award of Merit for ‘Customer Service Points’ Award of Merit for ‘Approach and Car Park’

British Heart Foundation

for helping to raise funds over many years.

Garden Retail Awards 2009

Community Involvement Award

Horticulture Week Awards 2005

Independent Retail Outlet of the Year.

Garden Centre & Retail Awards 2005

Garden Centre of the Year (Turnover in excess of £5m)

Retail Awards 2004

Britain’s Best Garden Retailer

Our team