Plant shop with tree house inside to open in Norwich

Kerri Notman (inset), owner of Leslie Terrance, has got a new shop in Magdalen Road. Pictures: Lesli

Kerri Notman (inset), owner of Leslie Terrance, has got a new shop in Magdalen Road. Pictures: Leslie Terrance/Archant - Credit: Leslie Terrance/Archant

A mum-of-one who has worked seven days a week for five years is set to expand her plant business again and open a new shop in Norwich.

Kerri Notman has constructed a tree house in her new shop in Norwich. Picture: Kerri Notman

Kerri Notman has constructed a tree house in her new shop in Norwich. Picture: Kerri Notman - Credit: Kerri Notman

Leslie Terrance homes and garden has announced it is moving from its home in Sprowston Road to a larger site in Magdalen Road - complete with a tree house.

The shop is run by owner Kerri Notman, who launched the business in Wymondham five years ago and has since seen demand increase by 160%.

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Miss Notman said: "I've moved to larger sites rather than opening other shops because I can only be in one place at one time. My sister has been helping me out in the shop recently but usually it's just me seven days a week.

128c Magdalen Road, where Leslie Terrance home and garden will now be. Picture: GoogleMaps

128c Magdalen Road, where Leslie Terrance home and garden will now be. Picture: GoogleMaps - Credit: GoogleMaps

"I often bring my daughter in with me. I've thought about hiring other staff and think I probably will, but I worry that I won't find people who are also really passionate and knowledgeable about plants, and that's why so many people come here."


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Miss Notman sells plants from around the world, but recently has started growing plants in her own home and garden to keep prices down for her customers.

Miss Notman said: "I'd rather sell the plants a bit cheaper so that customers can come in a couple of times and have a browse, than they come in once and make a big investment and then not bob back in."

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Miss Notman, who grew up in Wymondham, has also built a tree house in the shop to give customers and their children something different to explore.

Inside the Leslie Terrance shop. Picture: Leslie Terrance

Inside the Leslie Terrance shop. Picture: Leslie Terrance - Credit: Leslie Terrance

She added: "When we first opened we had more of a gift shop element. I always wanted it to be about plants, but back then it was a fairly new concept so I had the gifts as well as a way in.

"Now there's plant shops everywhere so you do need something a bit different. That's part of the reason we have the tree house, but also because we encourage people to bring in their children and it's a nice thing for them."

The shop, which is named after Miss Notman's grandfather, is due to open on February 29.

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