A special house, a determined woman, her impulsive son and over 100 years of horticultural know-how – these are the seeds from which a Preston family grew one of Lancashire’s most successful businesses.
Now, a newly published book - Barton Grange: A Topping Tale - tells the story behind the multi award-winning Barton Grange group run by the Topping family.
Written by Ian Topping, and local author Carole Knight, the story begins in the early1900s when Ian’s great-grandparents started growing fruit and vegetables on their Longton farm.
From those humble beginnings the business grew to what it is today, employing more than 400 people.
Ian, who stepped down from managing Barton Grange Hotel two years ago, said: “I wrote a history of Barton Grange running to about 10,000 words when I was at college and always said I’d complete it. We wanted to do it for dad, so he had it all written down. It’s a testament to everything that he and my grandparents have done.”