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Founded in 1914 Les Halman Nurseries remains a family business

Specialising in garden plants to the trade only.

Established in 1914 by Fred and Emma Halman, who grew vegetables and flowers around the year, selling their crops in Manchester Smithfield Market.

The business is now run by Les and Mavis, Stuart and Gill, utilising six acres of glasshouses on a site of 8 acres.

In continuing to expand and grow the business, our aim is to embrace modern technology and growing techniques whilst sticking closely to our family’s historical values of quality, service and value.

Our History

A brief timeline of the history of the Les Halman Nursery

  • 1914 – Fred and Emma Halman began market gardening in Manchester
  • 1950 – Jack Halman moved the business to the present site in Lower Peover
  • 1972 – Les Halman & Mavis Halman take over the business and begin to specialise in garden plant production.
  • 1995 – Stuart Halman finishes horticultural college and starts work at the nursery.
  • 2004 – Gill Halman joins the business from a garden centre background.

Our Heritage

Below is our Heritage which has made Les Halman Nurseries successful right to present day

1887 to 1946

Les’s great-grandparents began market gardening in the 1880’s. They had nine children, all involved in horticulture. Fred and Emma Halman, Les’s grandparents, started the business in 1914 in Wythenshawe, Manchester, originally growing a wide range of flower and general market garden crops. The aim was to have crops to sell every week of the year. These would include rhubarb to sell both forced and from the field, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, spring onions and beetroot.

On the ornamentals side a wide range of bunched flowers was produced, along with some perennial flowers marketed ‘bare root’.

Emma Halman sold all the produce on Manchester’s Smithfield Market this having been transported to the City on a horse drawn cart. Fred and Emma were the first market gardeners in the area to own a motor lorry, bought in 1924 at a cost of £140.

1947 to 1971

Following the Second World War, Les’s father took over the business and moved to the present nursery at Lower Peover in 1950; at that time a green field site. After some years of struggle he turned poor heavy soil into a successful market garden. Produce was still predominantly sold off our own stall at Manchester Wholesale Market.

1972 to Present

Having gained the N.D.H. (now Master of Horticulture R.H.S.), Les, with his wife Mavis, took over the business in 1972. At this time change was occurring throughout the horticultural industry, with a great deal more specialisation. Les & Mavis decided to specialise in garden plants and cut flower chrysanthemums. Eventually the growing of chrysanthemums was dropped and the nursery specialised in garden plant production. In the Summer of 1995 Les and Mavis’s son Stuart completed a B.T.E.C. National Diploma in Glasshouse Production and Management at the Welsh College of Horticulture and came to work full-time on the nursery. At this time investment in transplant machinery was made. Further changes in the sales of horticultural products meant that we no longer sold crops through the wholesale market. In 2006 Stuart & Gill were married and Gill then joined the company, taking on a full time role in sales and marketing.

The Future

The family run nursery continues to flourish to this day and we continue to expand and develop our range of product and the technologies that sit behind them.

Les Halman Nurseries continue to work with some of the worlds leading breeders of seed and cutting raised plant material. Ball Colegrave, Young Plants Ltd, Dummen Orange and Rudy Raes bloemzaden n.v. are just some of the market leaders with whom we have close working relationships.

Since 1914, when Fred and Emma Halman started the market gardening business we have been making Christmas wreaths. About this time the tradition of placing a tribute on family graves began.

Over time this has been changing, with the use of wreaths for house front door decoration and for burials with smaller tributes being more appropriate where cremations have been carried out.

We offer our wholesale services to a range of different industry sectors read more about our services.


Specialising in garden plants to the trade only.

Established in 1914 by Fred and Emma Halman, who grew vegetables and flowers around the year, selling their crops in Manchester Smithfield Market.

The business is now run by Les and wife Mavis, son Stuart and wife Gill, utilising 5 acres of glasshouses on a site of 8 acres.


    • Parkside Farm, Crown Lane, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9QA
    • 01565 722322
    • sales@leshalman.co.uk
    • Mon - Fri : 08:00 - 17.00
      Sat - Sun : Closed

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