Sustainable Growing

Find out about our sustainable plants

Why use sustainable plants? Traditional growers in the UK already understand from years of experience that growing plants under natural conditions is healthy and positive. Over the years we have worked to implement sustainable plant production.

We are also well on our way to becoming carbon neutral and achieving the PAS 2060 specification.


Sustainable Plants
- Heat & Light

Artificial heat is not used for growing beyond propagation. We do not force our plants with heat to meet ‘look good’ deadlines.

We do not use artificial light or heat to enhance or force our growing beyond the propagation of certain plant types.

Chemicals and Fertiliser

Plants are grown to their natural timetable with nutrient availability designed to match real life situations in the landscape. Our plants are not fed to produce a temporary ‘voluptuousness’ before sale, a fact that we feel causes customer disappointment in the longer term.

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Sustainable Plants, Plastics & Materials

We supply our plants in recyclable pots. Upon request, we also offer a service prior to despatch where we will replace the pots with jute.

In the nursery, we have stopped using polythene sheeted tunnels in preference to glass, which has a considerably longer life expectancy.

The digging and packing of trees happens with natural materials like jute and coconut. These are biodegradable and therefore not harmful to the environment. FSC-approved paper is used for all correspondence, our tree guide and other publications. All waste is separated and all paper is collected for recycling.


Our Nursery is 450ft above sea level and the hardiness of our plants has been revered for decades. We consider that as our propagation stock plants are also grown at this altitude, the epigenetic DNA provenance is beneficial.

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Growing for over 100 years has taught us to understand our location and the flora and fauna that surrounds the nursery. We still operate to old records of how plants are placed together on the growing beds, and we use natural predators in preference to pesticides. The only occasion we would use a pesticide on a particular species is if legally directed by the HM Plant Inspectorate, however this has never happened.


Many plants for sale in retail and wholesale outlets in the UK have been imported from abroad, which we consider has a negative overall impact on British horticulture.

The relevance of carbon capture using plants is somewhat negated when their predicted benefit is wiped out by the ‘plant miles’ used to deliver them.

We are glad that some of our clients are sensing that their customers are becoming interested in where their plants have come from and wish to know about how they have been grown.



We are a large user of water, which is sourced from recycled rainwater from our glasshouses and two boreholes. Our geology provides for a reliable and plentiful supply, with Moddershall also being the source of the Scotch Brook, which provided power to 11 water mills in the valley. 

Peat free

We moved to peat free production in 2005. Our ingredients include UK sourced wool, wood fibre, pine bark, comfrey.

Certified and traceable peat-free growing media is used throughout our plant production processes. Resultant green waste from quality control and prunings are shredded, composted and returned to our field production and stock garden areas as an organic replacement for modern fertilisers.

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