Edward George Topping M.B.E. 1932-2021



Eddie Topping, the founder of The Barton Grange

Group, has died aged 89.  A true retail pioneer, Eddie

took over his father’s market gardening business in 1955

before setting up Barton Grange Landscapes two years later.

In 1963 he opened the region’s first garden centre in the

grounds of Barton Grange Hotel. He became an influential

character in the horticultural industry and served as President

of the Horticultural Trades Association and Chairman of the

Garden Centre Association. Forever loyal to his Lancashire roots,

Eddie supported many local organisations and was a keen

Rotarian for more than fifty years. In 2003 he was awarded the

MBE for services to charity in Preston.

He leaves a wife, Avis, five children, nine grandchildren

and a great-granddaughter.



On Tuesday 28th September Eddie’s coffin will rest at

Barton Grange Garden Centre from 1.15pm-1.45pm

for the paying of respects.



The Funeral Cortege will leave Barton Grange Garden Centre

at 1.45pm and travel through Bilsborrow and Barton, pausing

at Barton Manor Hotel en-route to a private family cremation.

This will be followed with a Celebration of his Life, held at

St Lawrences Church Barton at 3.30pm.

All are very welcome.



Dress Code:  Black Not Required. Parking at Barton Manor Hotel.



The Celebration of Life service will be live streamed.

Please click on the link below, follow the

instructions and use the password to access:





Meeting ID: 833 7612 0998


Passcode: 707934





No flowers please. Donations if desired may be made in

memory of Eddie to Cancer Help (Preston) Limited

c/o Funeral Director