What personal data we collect and why we collect it
We may collect data that you provide to us by filling in other forms on the Site, including information provided at the time of subscribing to a particular service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the Site. We may collect generic data about your visits to and use of the Site such as your IP addresses, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views. Individual users will not be identifiable from this data and we may use this data for a number of purposes such as and without limitation optimising the use of the Site, disclosing to third-party contributors or for security purposes.
Use of your data
We will only use your data for the following purposes:
to ensure that content from the Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
to provide you with marketing communications, news and information by email about our products, services, and events that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;
to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service when you choose to do so;
to provide customer service in relation to your use of the Site, to deal with enquiries and complaints relating to the use of the Site and to notify you about changes to our service;
to administer, support, improve and develop our Site;
to personalise the Site so as to improve your user browsing experience;
to internally monitor users’ use of the Site to enable us to determine what other products, services, and events you may be interested in and in order to assist us to improve our business generally;
to provide third parties with statistical data about our users but this data will not be able to be used to identify any individual user.
Who we share your data with
You should note that the public elements of the Site will be visible to users of the Site anywhere in the world. You should, therefore, be careful when submitting information about yourself and only submit the information that you are happy to be public information.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
The contact form plugin we use on the site has not been enabled for the data collection of identifiable user data (IP address, host, user agent, and referrer). It is set in the default configuration, which means this plugin, in itself, does not:
track users by stealth;
write any user personal data to the database;
send any data to external servers;
Therefore, we may send a cookie which may be stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. We may use the data we obtain from the cookie in the administration of the Site, to improve the Site’s usability and for marketing purposes. We may also use that data to recognise your computer when you visit the Site, to monitor website traffic and to personalise the Site for you.
If you do not wish us to install cookies on your computer for these purposes, you may change the settings on your internet browser to reject cookies. For more information, please consult the ‘Help’ section of your browser. Please note that if you do set your browser to reject cookies, you may not be able to use all of the features of our Site. For further information about cookies, please visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/
As mentioned above, we may use an analytics service provider for website traffic analysis and reporting. Analytics service providers generate statistical and other data about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to the Site may be used to create reports about the use of the Site and the analytics service provider will store this information.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Security and data retention
We employ security measures to protect your data from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction, and damage. We will retain your data, including your name, address, email, phone number (where applicable), for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires or permits.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
We will store all the personal data you provide on our secure servers. All electronic transactions you make to or receive from us will be encrypted using SSL technology. Data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments on the Site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
If you have received unwanted, unsolicited emails sent via this system or purporting to be sent via this system, please forward a copy of that email with your comments to for review.
Where we send your data
Our servers are situated in Europe; however, we collect data from wherever users are situated. The data that we collect may, therefore, be transferred to the UK from any other country in which you may be located and will be subject to UK data protection laws rather than the laws of the country in which you are resident. Your personal data may be transferred, processed and/or stored outside the European Economic Area. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing.
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Our contact information
Postal Address: Data Controller, Shannons Garden Centre, Malham Road, London, SE23 1AH Email:
What third parties we receive data from
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Essential Website Cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features.
We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. You can check these in your browser security settings.
Google Analytics Cookies
These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience.
If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here:
Other external services
We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page.
Google Webfont Settings:
Google Map Settings:
Google reCaptcha Settings:
Vimeo and Youtube video embeds:
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