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From Red Hall Nursery to the arium

Red Hall Nursery first opened over 60 years ago as a series of fifteen small greenhouses, build behind Red Hall Mansion. At the time of its creation it was considered to be a state-of-art facility and centralised the city's growing production. rather than having it spread across a number of large parks.

It stayed this way the 1980s, when the site was dramatically extended to allow for extra seven acres of indoor growing space. Since then, the cites requirements have grown over the decades and the nursery began supplying other councils as well as bedding plants to many local authorities across the country - even as far afield as the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.

Red Hall Nurseries national reputation grew and led to Leeds becoming one of the most floral cities in the UK, but this also meant the site reached growing capacity. In October 2017 the site relocated to its new home on the outskirts of Thorner and rebranded as The Arium. It is the biggest local authority nursery in the country with a 19,000m2 glasshouse, enabling it to produce over 3 million plants a year.