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Passion for plants cultivates couple's new Sudbury business Nell and Green Botanics





A husband-and-wife team have fulfilled a lifelong ambition by establishing their own business, specialising in a range of unusual indoor plants.

Ellie and Lee Bishop opened Nell and Green Botanics in East Street, Sudbury, in March – only to see the coronavirus outbreak put a stop to their new venture before it had really begun.

“This has been our dream for a long time,” said Ellie, who used to manage a veterinary hospital in London.

Nell & Green Botanics, 101 East St, Sudbury.Ellie Stock Bishop and her husband, Lee Bishop, have opened their own shop specializing in house plants. .Within two days of opening the business in March, they were forced to close due to lockdown, which prompted them to establish an online presence. Picture by Mark Westley. (42587765)
Nell & Green Botanics, 101 East St, Sudbury.Ellie Stock Bishop and her husband, Lee Bishop, have opened their own shop specializing in house plants. .Within two days of opening the business in March, they were forced to close due to lockdown, which prompted them to establish an online presence. Picture by Mark Westley. (42587765)

“It was a labour of love to get the business up and running, but we both have a passion for plants and we knew it was something that would be well-received.

“Growing up, my mum was a bit of a plant enthusiast. I can remember her growing spider plants and having cuttings on the window sill, so a part of that obviously brushed off on me.”

Having dreamed of opening her own plant shop, the 40-year-old was forced to quickly adapt the make-up of the business to navigate the UK-wide lockdown, establishing a website and delivery service.

Nell & Green Botanics, 101 East St, Sudbury.Ellie Stock Bishop and her husband, Lee Bishop, have opened their own shop specializing in house plants. .Within two days of opening the business in March, they were forced to close due to lockdown, which prompted them to establish an online presence. Picture by Mark Westley. (42587764)
Nell & Green Botanics, 101 East St, Sudbury.Ellie Stock Bishop and her husband, Lee Bishop, have opened their own shop specializing in house plants. .Within two days of opening the business in March, they were forced to close due to lockdown, which prompted them to establish an online presence. Picture by Mark Westley. (42587764)

Expressing her gratitude to the loyalty of their customers, she said: “I feel we owe the community of Sudbury a lot because they have really supported us. At times, it has been really overwhelming.”

Among the extensive range of indoor plants on offer in the shop are a variety of rare species.

“We have enjoyed searching for unusual plants – it’s been exciting,” she added.

Nell & Green Botanics, 101 East St, Sudbury.Ellie Stock Bishop and her husband, Lee Bishop, have opened their own shop specializing in house plants. .Within two days of opening the business in March, they were forced to close due to lockdown, which prompted them to establish an online presence. Picture by Mark Westley. (42587766)
Nell & Green Botanics, 101 East St, Sudbury.Ellie Stock Bishop and her husband, Lee Bishop, have opened their own shop specializing in house plants. .Within two days of opening the business in March, they were forced to close due to lockdown, which prompted them to establish an online presence. Picture by Mark Westley. (42587766)

Before moving to Clare in 2019, the couple lived on a house boat on the River Stour in Essex for seven years.

“It was hard work, but it was amazing,” said Ellie. “It was brilliant to be part of a community, which was a real melting pot of people.”

Husband Lee is also opening a café called Bishop’s Coffee at the former post office site in East Street.