Thurrock Garden Centre

Thurrock Garden Centre is a family-run business which opened over 40 years ago. In this time, the Garden Centre has grown into what it is today and is still ever expanding.

‚ÄčThe family are extremely proud of what has evolved into a very enjoyable and inspirational place to shop. This could not have happened without the dedication and welcoming faces of our team. The team, from assistants to senior management, are all part of the Garden Centre family, which we take immense pride in. In return, we ask each team member to be friendly, well-presented and enthusiastic, offering outstanding customer service to every customer.

40 years in the making...

The 1970's celebrity, television gardener, Percy Thrower, opened our Garden Centre on 10th March 1979. The Mayor of Thurrock at the time, Arthur Barnes, planted a tree which followed the opening by Percy Thrower who then did a 'question & answer' session for customers. Known then as South Ockendon Garden Centre because of it's location, trading commenced in November 1978 with the first manageress, Margaret Reid & manager, Ian Pate.

Celebrating our successes...

In early March 2023, The Garden Centre & Woody's Restaurant were inspected by GCA Inspector, Alyson Haywood as part of the North Thames region annual inspections.

We are extremely proud to have received the following awards for 2023:

- Third Place out of 36 Garden Centres for Environment & Sustainability.


Out of 18 Garden Centres, we were awarded:

- Second Place GIMA Award which includes Sundries, Chemicals & Pots.

- WINNER of Restaurant & Catering for Woody's Restaurant.

- WINNER of The Dick Allen Award for Most Improved Centre.


A huge thank you to our amazing team & customers who without, we would not have been able to achieve these.

Woody's Restaurant & Soft Play Area

Our on site restaurant is popular for young and old and provides home-cooked food, snacks, cakes and drink. We also have a great soft play area for under 5’s to enjoy.

See Woody's Restaurant

Work with us?

We regularly update the roles we have on offer here at Thurrock Garden Centre & Woody's Restaurant.

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