The National Trust shop at Stourhead reopens its door after having its first refit since it opened 15 years ago.
Stourhead shop opened its doors for the first time in May 2002 in a new purpose built building and despite welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the shop has largely been untouched.
The new look shop re-uses lots of the old fixtures and fittings as well as some furniture coming to Stourhead from other National Trust shops locally.
With over 400,000 visitors to Stourhead in 2016, the shop generated net sales of over £600,000 all of which goes back into the National Trust to help look after Stourhead and other special places for ever, for everyone.
Anna Saxty, Retail Manager at Stourhead said: “We are extremely pleased with the new shop fit. It is an opportunity for the store to grow existing ranges as well introducing new suppliers, allowing the shop to increase our sales for the National Trust and in particular Stourhead.”
She continues “The profit we generate through the store goes straight back to the Properties, Countryside, Coast and Wildlife Conservation work of the National Trust.”
The shop re-opened on Monday 20 February although the official launch will take place on Saturday 25 February with new spring stock on show and with tasters available of chutneys, biscuits and local drinks which are all a part of the National Trust and local food ranges.
Anna added: “The new National Trust Spring Collection will also be on show. This season inspiration has been drawn from National Trust properties around the country. The key themes are Glasshouse and Kitchen Garden.
“Glasshouse is inspired by the colourful seasonal displays of flowering pot plants and towering palms in Victorian orangeries. Our glasshouse theme celebrates the foliage found in these beautiful structures.
“Kitchen Garden is inspired by out of town green spaces like traditional kitchen gardens, medicinal herb borders and community allotments. There is an abundance of colour throughout both themes with something to suit every home. In addition our plant centre has also taken in our first spring orders and is now offering an abundance of Snowdrops, Daffodils, Hellibores and many others ready to bloom in the oncoming spring season.”
As well as the shop having its grand re-opening on 25 February, Stourhead House will once again be opening its doors to visitors for the season.
For further information, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead