Philip Burdon

PHOTO: UNKNOWN Philip Burdon, co-founder and shareholder of Meadow Mushrooms, is in front of the company’s new office building at their Hornby plant in 2015 where there has been ongoing expansion for about nine years.

Leading mushroom growers Meadow Mushrooms, owned by richlister Philip Burdon and family, has sold its mushroom factory site in Prebbleton, south Christchurch, to retirement village developers and operators Summerset Group.

The 9 hectare property on Springs Road, Prebbleton, is the site of the company’s original mushroom growing factory but the majority of growing, harvesting and packaging operations now take place at the Wilmers Road, Hornby, site. 

The factory site is right in the heart of the new suburb where subdivisions have burgeoned in the past 20 years and is now surrounded by homes. It has been the subject of odour complaints from residents over the years. 

Meadow Mushrooms was co-founded by Burdon and friend Roger Giles in 1970. Some operations from Prebbleton have shifted to the Wilmers Road operation where the company has expanded in the past nine years.​