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The History of Our Local Shops In A Few Hundred Words

If the coronavirus taught us anything, it was just how valuable our local shops 

and businesses are. 

This Month: The Hedgerow, Threshfield

Yarkers in 1908

The Hedgerow is based in a small village within the Yorkshire Dales and is an independent, family-run business. It was built in the year 1900 and served the locality of Threshfield and the newly built railway. The shop was first known as Yarker’s, however most remember it as either Utley’s or Baxter’s.

 One of the earliest photos of the shop was in 1908, featuring a gathering of men and women stood outside. We are unsure of the occasion. Does anybody know? In 2002, the Hutchinson family bought the Threshfield Store and continued to serve the locals as a grocery shop. Shortly after, the large superstore Tesco’s began their delivery service, which tarnished the trade for the store and the business suffered. Wendy Hutchinson took this opportunity to adapt and develop the shop into a florist/gift shop and it became known as The Hedgerow.

 Over the years The Hedgerow has grown, particularly with the addition of daughter Heather, who joined in 2014. Heather expanded The Hedgerow into a coffee shop, serving speciality roasted coffee amongst the flowers. In the spring of 2019, Nigel Hutchinson opened the plant centre, bringing his knowledge as a horticultural lecturer and experience working within the industry for the past 40 years. The Hedgerow also holds the National Collection of Hebes, viewable by the public.

The Junction Of Wharfeside Ave And Station - 1963

Today The Hedgerow offers unique gifts, artisan coffee, homemade bakes, plants to suite every garden and bespoke floristry specialising in wedding and funeral flowers, located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Importantly, The Hedgerow has adapted during the current COVID-19 pandemic to support the wellbeing of their customers and staff, with the addition of an outdoor seating area and stringent COVID-19 precautions. You can also expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere from the entire team; Wendy, Nigel, Heather, Nicola, Jenny, Eloise and Eric the Schnoodle x

VE Day May 1945


Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 9am-4pm 
Thursday - 9am-4pm 
Friday - 9am-4pm 
Saturday - 9am-4pm 
Sunday - closed