An award-winning horticultural nursery in Leeds could soon be putting down roots in another part of the city.
Leeds City Council is considering plans to shift its parks and countryside nursery from its current home at Red Hall near Shadwell to a £5m purpose-built facility at Whinmoor Grange.
The move would free up the council-owned Red Hall site for possible future sale for use as part of the proposed East Leeds Extension housing development.
Councillors will be asked to approve a so-called ‘design and cost’ report on the scheme at a meeting of the local authority’s executive board next Wednesday.
The council says a relocation would have “no detrimental effect” on the operation of the nursery.
If all goes according to plan, the new facility could be fully up-and-running by the end of 2016.
Coun Mark Dobson, the council’s executive member for the environment, said: “As part of the broader important plans for the proposed East Leeds Extension, the nursery site at Red Hall will need to be moved.
“The nursery is very popular and serves an important role within the city so we are looking to create a new improved site at Whinmoor Grange which will become the new home of horticulture in Leeds.”
The Red Hall set-up occupies 10.5 hectares of land and produces more than two million bedding plants each year for customers including schools, businesses and ‘In Bloom’ groups.
Its work was recognised with gold medals at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in 2010 and 2011.
The nursery is also a popular visitor attraction and provides training and apprenticeship opportunities.