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New 8.5m garden centre planned

Artist's impression
The proposal is to trade under the Dobbies name

Plans for a major new 8.5m garden centre for Aberdeen have been unveiled.

Competitors Dobbies Garden Centres and James Cocker and Sons are working together to create the "state of the art" venture.

The proposal is to trade under the Dobbies name at Lang Stracht. It would employ about 120 people.

A planning application will be made in the next few days to Aberdeen City Council, with the target being an October 2009 opening.

The New Park venture would have an indoor and outdoor plant and gardening area, a rose demonstration garden, gifts, as well as a restaurant and a children's play area.

'Truly proud'

The building is expected to have environmentally-friendly features.

The existing Dobbies Garden Centre in Aberdeen would remain open until the new facility was opened.

Stuart Wright, director of property for Dobbies Garden Centres, said: "We have been keen to develop a new centre in Aberdeen for many years.

"We are delighted that this new opportunity will draw on the expertise of both renowned horticultural businesses and produce something really special, that we and the people of Aberdeen can be truly proud of."

Alec Cocker, of James Cocker and Sons, added: "We are delighted to announce this new venture that allows the people of Aberdeen and the surrounding area to be provided with the next generation of garden centre."

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