I visited a friend’s house and gardens a few weekends ago for his birthday lunch and was taken on a tour of the gardens. There is a formal garden behind the front of the house, with 120 year old yew and box hedging set in symmetrical patterns. Andrew explained that...
It may not appeal to everyone, but a 5 mile walk around parts of the Longleat estate is my idea of heaven. To see the trees in a wonderful setting, the bluebells in the woods and having a pub at about halfway makes for a perfect walk. This means that...
We get many people enquiring about specific things at certain times of the year, and here are some of the most frequent ones and some helpful answers: Question 1: When will my order be delivered? Answer: Current deliveries for bare root plants should arrive by mid-November depending on what...
When the ground is frozen, please don't plant your
bareroot trees, shrubs or hedges! They'll be much
happier staying bare and dormant...
Most of the damage caused to bareroot plants in cold, freezing conditions is to the delicate roots themselves.
The roots are fine, fibrous structures with a high water content: moving them, or even the slightest touch whilst frozen, can cause damage.
Almost all of a shrub or a tree's energy reserves are stored in the roots during winter. So broken roots mean that stored energy is lost, and this reduces the plant’s ability to establish. And poor establishment means poor growth in spring.
Worse still, if root damage is serious, the plant may not grow at all.
Over the last week or so, primary and middle schools in Somerset and Dorset have been busy planting new trees donated by Ashridge Nurseries. In total, over 2,500 new trees will be planted!
Our ‘Plant a tree, make air for free’ project was inspired by the national Jubilee Tree Planting challenge, which aims to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with the planting of millions of new trees across the UK.
Ashridge Nurseries has donated over 2,500 trees and hedges to schools in the South West, for pupils to plant in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Pupils in the project will wear their 'Plant a tree, make air for free' sticker
Ranging from Frome in north-east Somerset, to Puddletown in west Dorset, the primary and middle schools have over 1,900 pupils in total, aged between 4 and 13 years old.
Getting children involved with trees gives them both enjoyment and education. Planting is great outdoors fun, and we're also reminding children of the importance of trees to the environment by giving each pupil a 'Plant a tree, make air for free' sticker.