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 disadvantage compared with overseas nurseries, and many UK nurseries and garden centres 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 some cases we do buy trees from foreign suppliers, mostly in Europe. This is usually when we want to try out new or rare varieties. If these introductions go well we will then switch to local production in subsequent years.
We also usually buy rootstocks 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.