There's a real buzz about the new Lancashire plant and flower nursery – and it's cheap, too

There's a real buzz about the new Lancashire plant and flower nursery – and it's cheap, too

“I've been visiting greenhouses since the day I was born,” Rossi Forrester says with a wry smile, half joking. The 19-year-old from Ormskirk grew up in a horticultural family, and it was almost inevitable that his future career would be rooted in something green too.

Rossi runs Paloma Forrest Nurseries, which has recently opened on Ormskirk Road in Bickerstaffe, the main road into Ormskirk and located just a minute from the M58 motorway junction. Anyone heading into the city center along this route will have noticed a hive of activity over the past few months, with Rossi and his team transforming an abandoned farm into a thriving nursery of plants and flowers that has caused a real buzz in the area, and we don't just mean bees.

Plants are affordable, some will come out of season at just 50p for six, while there is a huge range on offer, from large plants and shrubs to fruit trees and flower arrangements. There are giant domed glass nurseries, and lines of metal shelves with colorful displays from perennial plants and flowers to pansies.

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“Word really started spreading on Facebook and people started coming in and telling their friends and family about us,” Rossi told LancsLive.

“They would drive by and see the sign and wonder what was going on. The nursery was named after my little niece, Paloma.

“I love the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere but also five minutes to everything – the motorway junction, Ormskirk town centre.”

Rossi has also built a café on site – Caffe Rossi – and while his barista skills are still in their infancy and the menu is under development, customers can still enjoy a cup of fresh, quality coffee and a slice of cake after they've finished browsing the plants and flowers.

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