About us

Allen G Meale founder of

A G Meale & Sons Ltd

In 1934 Allen G Meale acquired a single acre of land and set up Newland Nurseries in Stalham, Norfolk selling fresh produce to local people. He had no machinery so worked the land by hand with a few basic gardening tools. He also kept a small number of pigs and chickens.

 

His hard work and uncompromising attitude to quality and looking after his customers paid off; he was able to steadily expand his business and in 1965 A G Meale became a limited company, A G Meale & Sons Ltd.

The photos above show the original greenhouses & piggery.

 

In the early 70’s the business moved to a new site at Wayford, Stalham and Mr Meale changed the name to Wayford Nurseries. Today, while Wayford Nurseries is part of our postal address we are more often referred to and known locally as ‘Meales’.

 

We now have 260 acres producing our own potatoes, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, calabrese (broccoli), kale, corn, pumpkins, beet, barley and wheat.

 

Our greenhouses are based at our retail site at Wayford Nurseries, Stalham which is where our tomatoes produce fruit from March to October.  As well as stocking these tomatoes in our Farm Shop we also supply them to Roys of Wroxham, Roys of Bowthorpe, Budgens of Holt and other local shops. 

 

Also grown in our greenhouses are all of our summer bedding, patio & basket plants, pansies, polyanthus, primroses, cyclamen, chrysanthemum and perennials.

 

We use some of our land to put in scrapes and leave the ground to be rough conservation areas to encourage Waders and a variety of other birds & insects to breed.

In 2015 we started building our own on site coffee shop, it opened on 25th February 2016 and we named it Vera's Coffee Shop after Allen G Meale's wife.

Our coffee shop is open 7 days a week serving breakfast, light bites, lunch, afternoon tea, cakes & savouries. We pride ourselves on using our own grown and local produce where possible.  Our coffee shop bakers also make tasty goodies to sell in our Farm Shop for you to enjoy at home.

Our site at Wayford Nurseries, Stalham includes a well stocked Farm Shop, Plant House, Garden Centre & Pick Your Own.

The Farm Shop had a refit in January 2018 and is now bright and modern.  We stock our own grown fruit & vegetables when in season and like to support local suppliers & producers by stocking their products.

The Plant House is kept well stocked with lots of great plants to choose from including our own grown plants when available.

The Garden Centre has everything you need to create a beautiful garden - compost, pots, plants, stones, furniture, garden tools and much more!

Pick Your Own - We grow the following for PYO - Strawberries, Raspberries, Gooseberries, Plums & Runner Beans.

A G Meale & Sons Ltd remains a family run business.

Members of the family work along side members of staff to provide our customers with top quality products and customer service. 

A G Meale & Sons Ltd employees around 50 people and our friendly, helpful team are always available to help you with queries, pack your shopping or load your car.

We look forward to seeing you!

Contact details:

A.G.Meale & Sons Ltd

Wayford Nurseries

Stalham  

Norwich

NR12 9LJ

 

Farm Shop & Plant Centre:

01692 580226

 

Vera's Coffee Shop:

01692 583971

 

Email: agmeale@btconnect.com

Farm Shop & Plant Centre Opening Times

Mon-Thur  8.00 am - 6.00 pm

Friday          8.00am - 8.00 pm

Saturday    8.00 am - 5.00 pm

Sunday    10.00 am - 4.00 pm

 

Vera's Coffee Shop

Opening Times

Mon-Thurs  8.30 am - 4.30 pm

Friday            8.30 am - 8.00 pm

Saturday       8.30 am - 4.00 pm

Sunday          9.30 am - 4.00 pm

 

Last hot food orders 3.00 pm

but our homemade sweet & savoury snacks from the counter are available till close.

 

We serve an Italian themed menu from 5 pm on Fridays with last orders at 7.45 pm.

 

Reservations:  01692 583971

 

Please see Vera's Coffee Shop page for our menus and the times they are served.

Sat Nav Co-ordinates

Latitude      52.772

Longitude     1.483

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