Planting Out

Hoddesdon

By Paula Lachanudis

Planting Out
David Dent

Planting Out

This image is probably one of the greenhouses of Mr. MacFarlane’s Pitfield Nursery, in Nursery Road. The Kelly’s Directory for 1945 lists a dozen nurseries in the Ware and Stanstead roads alone and by 1950 Hoddesdon was one of the main centres of marketing gardening in the Lea Valley.

After the War

After the Second World War, many Italian immigrants were employed in the greenhouses and many went on to rent or own their own nurseries, and to succeed in other local businesses.

Decline

In the past 33 years, competition from European imported vegetables and salads has led to a rapid decline in the industry and there are no nurseries left in Hoddesdon itself.

This page was added on 01/03/2010.

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