Great British Botanical Ltd, trading as Hartley Botanic Ltd.


Wellington Road,

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Tel: 01457 873244

Winners Of

  • 2021 International Trade

Glasshouse and Greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The heritage business is a winner in the International Trade category after significantly increasing its global sales during the past three years, with the USA becoming its strongest market.
Hartley Botanic has been recognised in this year’s prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for its work growing sales abroad. The 83-year old Lancashire-based business has seen a 144% increase in its overseas sales over the past three years. The USA has now overtaken its domestic demand, becoming the manufacturer’s dominant market. Subsequently, the business has broken into additional international markets, including Italy, Slovakia and Estonia.
Hartley Botanic is a historic English business, specialising in luxury, bespoke and handmade aluminium Glasshouses and Greenhouses.
Operating from the same factory in Greenfield, Lancashire since 1938, the company has earned an unrivalled reputation for crafting ‘the finest Glasshouses and Greenhouses money can buy’.
The business has been selling internationally for over 20 years, enjoying a strong following in the USA, Germany and Scandinavia.
Its presence and position in the USA has helped American customers fall for both the business’s quintessentially English-looking Victorian and heritage Greenhouses and its contemporary modern horticulture range. Other strong markets for the business are Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, Ireland and Australia.
Martin Toogood, Chairman of Hartley Botanic, says: “From our historic factory tucked away at the base of Lancashire’s dramatic Chew Valley in the Pennines, our Glasshouses are handmade by a local team ready to be shipped across the globe.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the fact that our Glasshouses and Greenhouses are now being enjoyed by gardeners worldwide, and are thrilled to receive such a prestigious business accolade.
For many, glasshouses are intrinsically linked to a romantic, comforting notion of Englishness, and our 83-year-old business, with its incomparable range and commitment to traditional craftsmanship, is perfectly placed to deliver this.”
Founded by brothers Vincent (RHS fellow) and Norman Hartley, the company was, to its knowledge, the first to develop and make entirely aluminium Greenhouse structures, marking a huge improvement on its wood and wrought iron Victorian forerunners.
Since then, Hartley Botanic has built a name and reputation synonymous with excellence, thanks to its incomparable range, its structurally superior Greenhouses, which ‘last a lifetime’, and its exceptional service.
In February 2017 Hartley Botanic became the only aluminium Glasshouse and Greenhouse manufacturer to be endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is the Greenhouse manufacturer of choice for leading horticulture organisations, institutions, architects, designers and garden enthusiasts in the UK and worldwide, with Hartley Botanic commissioned by the RHS, the National Trust, Kew Gardens, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Oxford Botanical Gardens, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Blenheim Palace, The Lingholm Estate and Hampton Court Palace… to name a few.