Online feud breaks out between neighbouring Whitestake businesses

Posted on - 23rd May, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
The entrance to Duxburys and Turbary Woods on Chain House Lane Pic: Google
The entrance to Duxburys and Turbary Woods on Chain House Lane Pic: Google

An online feud has broken out between Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary and Duxburys Home and Garden.


Turbary Woods, which is located behind Duxburys in Whitestake, relies on the garden centre being open for their visitors to gain access to the sanctuary. However Duxburys has announced they will not be reopening the shop after lockdown, instead trading online only for the foreseeable future.

Turbary Woods took to Facebook to explain the situation to their followers, in a post that was shared over 1,000 times before being deleted. The post said that Duxburys owner, Frank Duxbury, had refused to consider building an alternative entrance to the sanctuary, to enable them to reopen.

In a subsequent Facebook post, the sanctuary said their landlords, the Kenworthy family, would be helping them reopen again soon.

Duxburys has since hit back on Facebook. In a lengthy post, they claimed they had “explored every request for access” but that health and safety considerations had made it impossible.

Duxburys also claimed they had offered to discuss possibilities with the sanctuary leader, but that at the time of posting no discussions had taken place.

A reply to this post from Julie Bilsborough of Turbary Woods said: “You don’t need to try and justify your lack of support. It’s ok Frank – The Kenworthys are helping us resolve this problem now so you don’t need to worry.”

Read more: Preston firms warned against ‘back door trading’ during lockdown

Despite the feud, Duxburys have encouraged their followers to donate to the Turbary Woods GoFundMe campaign. Frank Duxbury has also personally donated £500 to the cause.

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What do you think of the feud between Duxburys and Turbary Woods? Are you a customer of either business? Let us know in the comments.

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