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Half a million pound investment in Gloucester

The Secret Garden Nursery has invested £500,000 in transforming a former pub into its second nursery site in the city.

The nursery will open at what was The Gladiator public house in Tuffley Lane next month.

The rundown pub is being brought back to life to provide childcare places for 0-5 year old children in the Tuffley, Kingsway and Podsmead areas.

With a capacity of 75 children, the 5000 sq ft facility will provide high quality nursery facilities, which have previously been lacking in the area. The nursery will have half an acre of landscaped secure gardens and all-weather play areas. It will also offer after school clubs and school holiday care for older children.

The setting will accept all government funded programmes without any additional charges and fees will be competitive.

The Secret Garden Nursery launched three years ago in Eastgate Street in Gloucester and was an immediate success with local parents. Now with a capacity of over 100 children per day and 30 staff, the business has grown very quickly.

Managing director Charles Perkins said: "We are delighted with the reception we have received in Gloucester. The opportunity to open another site to offer similar quality care is something we could not turn down when we were offered the property. The building being mainly open plan offers a great space and the children will be able to have free flow between the indoor and outdoor spaces."

Interested parents can put their names down on the waiting list by contacting info@secretgardenursery.org.uk  or calling 01452 552108.

The investment is backed by local property investment company William Paige Ltd, which has made a series of large acquisitions across the city in recent years.

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