50 Years of Landscaping Excellence

23 November 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we are celebrating milestone birthday at Urban Planters, having notched up half a century of trading within the landscaping industry.

Our story starts in the Leeds/Bradford area, back in 1965, when we traded as Urban Landscapes.

At first, we mainly focused on external landscaping. Then, in the early 1970s, we saw the potential in interior planting and started a budding cottage industry in office plants. In 1988, we decided it was time we had a name-change to reflect our rapidly diversifying business, and became Urban Planters.

As interior landscaping had become more and more popular, we decided to bring our local family business to all parts of the UK through franchising and by 1996 we had developed the first interior landscape franchise business in the UK.

We are now the largest independent specialist interior landscaper within the UK with more local branches than any of our domestic competitors.

This has allowed us to create a local service nationwide: our clients benefit from local suppliers who have the support of a national business which works to an ISO 9001 standard, with the environment benefits of a reduced carbon footprint when we supply national clients from local depots, be they located in Cornwall or Aberdeenshire.

When asked what is next for Urban Planters, Alan Page said:

Our primary focus is to continue growing our market share of the UK’s interior landscape market. We also intend to start actively developing our international franchise opportunities in mainland Europe, so that the Urban Planters brand may become as strong abroad as it is here in the UK. So, there is plenty to keep us busy for the next 50 years!

The Directors_50_Years of Trading
Urban Planters’ board of directors (left to right): Brendan Wilson, Dave Gouldney, Alan Page, Rory Waterer and Thomas Palfreyman