Hawthorn Hedging

Looking to plant a Wildlife Garden Hedge? Plant a Hawthorn Hedging Hedgerow !

Hawthorn, also known as Crataegus monogyna (Latin name), is a popular choice for garden hedging due to its attractive features and benefits.

Hawthorn hedges are popular in the United Kingdom. They are known for their thick, dense leaves, delicate flowers, and fast growth. Hawthorn is one of the UK’s most popular deciduous hedging plants, thanks to its fragrant white blossoms around May time and rich red berries in the autumn. It’s not just a beautiful addition to gardens, but it also provides food and shelter for birds and mammals throughout the year.

Many gardeners appreciate the hawthorn’s ornamental charms and its value to wildlife, making it a popular choice for hedging.

Read more
New Year - New Mixed Hedge, New Wildlife !

New Year - New Mixed Hedge, New Wildlife !

Native mixed hedging and wildlife hedging are important aspects of the UK's ecosystem.

Native mixed hedging involves the use of a variety of native shrubs and trees that have adapted to the UK environment over thousands of years. These hedging plants include HawthornField MapleHazelHornbeam, YewBeech, and Box.

Wildlife hedging in the UK aims to create a habitat that supports a diverse range of flora and fauna. Hedges provide shelter, protection, and food sources for wildlife, particularly nesting birds and hibernating insects. They allow wildlife to move between gardens and other spaces such as fields, woodlands and other gardens, and provide feeding and breeding opportunities.

Read more
Problems with Bare root hedging plants and saplings

Problems with Bare root hedging plants and saplings

Bare root saplings are trees and shrubs that have been lifted from the ground and have most of their soil removed from their roots. They are usually cheaper and easier to transport than container-grown, cell grown trees or rootballed hedging plants, but they also have some potential problems that can affect their establishment and survival. Some of the common problems with bare root saplings are:

- Poor root systems: Bare root saplings may have lost a significant amount of their roots when they were dug up, which can reduce their ability to absorb water and nutrients from the soil. They need regular watering and weed control to help them grow new roots and survive.

Read more
Rowan Tree Berries - Sorbus Aucuparia

Now is the time to start making delicious Rowan Jelly

Here's all you need to know about Rowan jelly! Rowan jelly is a type of preserve made from the berries of the Rowan tree, which is also known as Mountain Ash, Witch Wiggin tree, Keirn and Cuirn. Rowan berries are bright red or orange and have a bitter and sour taste when raw, but they become sweet and tangy when cooked with sugar and pectin. Rowan jelly has a deep orange colour and a distinctive flavour that pairs well with game, lamb, cheese and bread.

Rowan jelly has a long history and folklore in Britain and other parts of Europe, where the rowan tree was considered sacred and protective by the Druids, Celts and Vikings. 

Read more
Bonsai Tree Saplings for Sale

Recommended UK native tree saplings for bonsai

Bonsai is the the Japanese art of growing miniature trees and shrubs. Bonsai can be a rewarding and relaxing hobby, as well as a beautiful way of displaying trees. There are many different species of trees and shrubs that can be grown as bonsai, but some are more suitable than others. 

Some of the best UK native saplings for bonsai are -

  • Scot's Pine (Pinus sylvestris): This evergreen conifer has long needles that can be reduced in size by pruning. It has a thick and textured bark that adds character to the trunk. It is very hardy and can grow in poor soils and windy locations. It is one of the most popular bonsai species in the UK .

Read more
Funding & Grants available for Tree Planting in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

Funding & Grants available for Tree Planting in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

Funding and grants for planting trees is currently available in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland). Below we've highlighted the main funding currently available for the creation of rural, urban woodland plantings, larger schemes and smaller scale schemes under 2.5ha..

As part of the UK drive to improve both air quality, natural habitat and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, tree planting and woodland creation grants are available for planting projects depending on the size, location, and purpose of your project. Please read on to hear about the main grants and funding currently England, Scotland, Wales.& Northern Ireland.


    Read more
    Aspen Cell Grown Tree Seedlings

    What are cell grown trees?

    Cell grown trees are trees that are grown in containers or trays of compost cells, rather than in the ground. They have a complete and intact root system that allows them to be planted almost all year round and to establish quickly in the soil. Cell grown trees are often used for forestry, landscaping, hedging and environmental planting .

    Some of the benefits of cell grown trees are:

    • They can be planted in any season, except when the ground is frozen or waterlogged.
    • They have a high survival rate and low transplant shock.
    • They are easy to handle, transport and store.
    • They are free from pests and diseases and comply with biosecurity standards.
    • They are suitable for a wide range of species and planting objectives.
    Read more
    Explaining the difference between cell grown tree seedlings v bare root tree seedlings

    Explaining the difference between cell grown tree seedlings v bare root tree seedlings

    Cell grown tree seedlings and bare root tree seedlings are two different stages of development for young trees. They have some similarities and differences, such as:

    • Cell grown tree seedlings are one or two year old plants that are grown in compost plugs or cells, while bare root tree seedlings are one year old plants that are grown in field beds and have their roots trimmed or undercut .
    • Cell grown tree seedlings have a complete and intact root system, while bare root tree seedlings have a reduced root system that is meant to encourage root fibre .
    • Cell grown tree seedlings can be planted throughout the year, while bare root tree seedlings can only be planted during the winter months when they are dormant .
    Read more
    Quick guide to planting cell grown tree saplings

    Quick guide to planting cell grown tree saplings

    Here are some steps to plant cell grown tree plugs:

     - Choose a suitable site for your tree saplings, preferably with good drainage, sunlight and shelter from strong winds.

     - Prepare the soil by removing any weeds, grass, stones or debris. You can also add some organic matter or fertilizer to enrich the soil. 

     - Dig a hole for each tree plug, about twice the size of the plug. You can use a bulb planter or a small spade to make the holes in the ground. It takes seconds.

    - Place the tree plug in the hole, making sure it is at least 1cm below the top of the soil level.

    Read more
    The best plants for evergreen hedging

    The best plants for evergreen hedging

    There are many plants that can be used for evergreen hedging, depending on your preferences and growing conditions. Some of the factors to consider when choosing a hedging plant are:

     - The desired height and shape of the hedge

     - The soil type and drainage

     - The amount of sun or shade

     - The flowering or fruiting season and colour

     - The maintenance and pruning requirements

     - The wildlife value and attractiveness

    Read more
    Garden Tree Saplings

    Native trees to plant in your garden

    There are many native trees that you can plant in your garden, depending on your preferences, space and soil conditions. Some of the best native trees for gardens are:

     - Silver Birch (Betula pendula): a graceful tree with white bark and yellow autumn leaves. It attracts many birds and insects and can grow in most soils .

     - Holly (Ilex aquifolium): an evergreen tree with glossy leaves and red berries on female plants. It provides shelter and food for wildlife and can be used as a hedge or a specimen tree .

    Read more
    Planting Trees in November

    Trees to plant in November - a good time to plant trees?

    November is one of the busiest months in the year for planting trees and hedging. The ground is cold, soil is moist and with plenty of humidity plants and trees will need very little attention once planted. It's also the start of the dormancy period when deciduous trees and hedging plants have lost their leaves and go to sleep for the winter. As you know they don't completely switch off as the leaf buds start to develop for next springs explosion almost the moment the leaves have been shed so there is plenty to observe for the interested eye! 
    Read more
    14 results