Plant buyers are increasingly specifying British-grown trees, a trend we are pleased to support - the majority of the trees we supply are grown in the UK.
It is true to say that as a result of rising labour costs and shortage of land, the UK is at a bit of a disadvantage compared with continental nurseries, and many UK nurseries and garden centres now buy-in from abroad. However we have decided to continue with UK production, because it means we can control the specification of our trees better. In addition, whilst trees imported from Europe may benefit from the sunnier continental climate, we think they are not as well adapted to the vaguaries of UK conditions as home-grown trees.
In some cases we do buy trees from European suppliers. This is usually when we want to try out new or rare varieties, such as our recently-introduced German Prune. If these introductions go well we will then switch to local production in subsequent years.
Most of our commercial-grade spindlebush trees and several of our nut varieties are also imported.
We also sometimes buy rootstocks for our grafted fruit trees from Europe if our local production is insufficient. However the subsequent grafting and raising of the newly-grafted trees for 12-24 months before sale takes place in the UK.