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  • 20% off small trees until 28 February

    Do you love trees? We do!

    That's why we are offering 20% off our small container trees and fruit trees during February.

    We say 'small' to distinguish them from our semi-mature standard trees but they are 175-200cm established 3-4 year old trees in a container. Our fruit trees are approximately 150cm tall and pruned to encourage low branches for easy harvesting. These trees can  be collected from the nursery as they fit into most cars.

    February is an ideal planting time. So have a good look on our website, come and visit or telephone for advice - there is a tree for every tree lover with 20% off during February (subject to availability at time of order).

    Ideal for small gardens are - ornamental cherries such as Prunus Okame, crab apples such as Malus Evereste; Amelanchiers -  20% OFF - LOVETREES18

    Larger trees (in maturity) available as small standards include Birches, Oaks, Willow, Maples - 20% OFF  - LOVETREES18

    Fruit trees include Apples, Pears, Plums, Cherries,  Hazel nuts, Walnuts, Figs, Medlars and Mulberries - 20% OFF - LOVETREES18

    Offer ends at midnight 28th February 2018, orders with payment can be placed up to this time, collection and delivery can be later.

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    We look forward to seeing you at the nursery this year.

    Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and

    8am to 4pm on Saturdays

  • Gift ideas

    Need a few ideas for presents?

    Fruit trees - grow your own Apples, Pears, Plums and Cherries or something more unusual? - Figs, Walnuts, Hazelnuts.

    Shrubs - Pittosporum in variety; Autumn flowering Camellias - in flower now! Sweet box - Sarcococca ruscifolia - sweet scented white flowers in mid-winter. Small box topiary cones; Evergreen Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

    Ornamental trees - to look forward to flowering in spring...

    Or just enjoy a browse around the nursery away from the rush !

    We hope you enjoy the run up to Christmas - do pop in and say hello.


  • New shrub display area

    While the new customer service area was being built, we have had a bit of a change round! There is now a brand new display area  for shrubs at the end of the nursery.  This means we can offer a great selection of well established shrubs in 10 litre pots and larger.

    Shrubs 10+ litre pots New shrub display


    New stock of Rhododendron and Azaleas are now in...

    Azaleas in 15 l pots Deciduous Azaleas


    We have added some new tree lines to show off our great quality Fruit trees...

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    We hope you like the changes!

  • New stock has arrived!

    Autumn is in the air and new stock has arrived!

    Small ornamental TreesWe hope you've had a good summer and are looking forward to the new planting season. Autumn is just round the corner - and with some autumn rain comes ideal planting conditions we hope! Whether you are looking for one specimen or a complete planting plan, a single tree or a whole new hedge we have some great stock in the nursery.    We aim to supply any tree planting accessories you need to help establish your plants; such as stakes, ties, compost, fertiliser, watering pipes and mycorrhizae.
    See our full range of planting accessories here. 

  • 2014: A Fruitful Year for Fruit Trees

    After a long wet winter, most areas in the UK have enjoyed a long warm growing season with plenty of sunshine, albeit between the showers! It so happens that these are perfect conditions for fruit trees. At blossom time the weather was generally warm and dry, which has meant a good fruit set in spring. Now, the fruit is ripening, and gardeners can begin to harvest the top fruit.

    However, it is not as simple as just picking the fruit off the trees. There is a right way to go about collecting your fruit, and different fruits must be picked at different times. Plums must be picked as soon as they are ready (and before the wasps get to them) when they are soft to the touch. Apples should be sweet and crunchy and pears must be firm but sweet before they are picked. Windfall from apple trees is often a good indicator of readiness.

    In order to know whether it is the right time to start picking, it is a good idea to take a sample or two first so you know when to start the harvest. If you pick too early, the fruit will not have properly developed and therefore will not be as tasty as possible, but if you pick the fruit too late, it will not keep as well.

    Fruit currently being harvested includes plums, damsons and gages, all of which can be cooked in crumbles and tarts or made into jams. They can even be frozen until winter to save yourself a taste of summer. Figs are also ready to harvest, while medlars and quinces are not far away.

    Harvest times vary from year to year depending on the locality, but this year has seen a trend of top fruit ripening early. In order to make the most from your fruit trees, you must pick the fruit as it ripens. If top fruit is ripening early, picking the fruit from the top first is best. It is also important to pick fruit on a dry day, as moist conditions can cause fruit to spoil faster.

    Plum Victoria, Ripe Fruit Victoria Plums ripe and ready to pick!
    Cambridge Gage, Ripe Fruit, Ripe Gage Cambridge Gages ripening

    For any more tips on harvesting fruit trees, or for any general inquiries, please get in touch with us. The knowledgeable English Woodlands team are available Monday-Friday on 01485 862992, or you can leave an inquiry on our contact page and our team will gladly get back to you. 

  • What to do with fruit trees during the ‘June Drop’

    Now we’re halfway through June, owners of fruit trees may have noticed the fruit starting to drop off from the trees.

    Commonly known as the ‘June Drop’, the early summer sees fruit trees flowering to the extent that they naturally shed some of their produce.

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    This is usually caused by either an excessive fruit load, whereby there is a surplus amount of fruit that becomes too heavy for a tree to carry.

    Other causes tend to be that a tree has limited carbohydrate resources and needs to lose fruit to respire properly, or even turbulent weather conditions. Another major cause of damaged fruit, unsuitable for a crop, is inadequate cultivation, and this is something that you can rectify yourself.

    Pruning to allow the tree’s branches, in order for it to access more light, is one method that gardeners may want to try.

    Another useful method is to thin your fruit (i.e. manually removing any surplus) in order to help immature trees to conserve energy. Instead this energy will be spent on developing roots, foliage and branches, meaning the tree will have a better foundation to harvest in future years. Certainly, it is important that a specimen does not expend too much energy in a year’s crop, lest it affect the next year’s produce.

    Pruning and thinning benefits the remaining fruits, allowing them to develop to the right size, and allowing them good access to sunlight and oxygen.

    When it comes to apple or pear trees, you will want to remove any fruit that has an odd shape, position, or that are damaged in any way. Within any given cluster, there will often be a ‘king’ fruit that has all of these attributes, and will definitely need removing right away. Make sure you use secateurs or long scissors for the job, or you can twist them off by hand if that’s easier.

    Plums have a habit of over-cropping too, but are easy to thin out with a thumb and forefinger; leave out one pair every 15cm.

    If your fruit has already started dropping, you will want to get started thinning and pruning, maintaining the trees as you see fit until mid-July.

    If you have any questions or queries on best pruning and thinning practices, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re hoping to buy fruit trees then we have pear, apple, cherry, plum trees and more available online, in our fruit trees category.

    Furthermore, if you would like to purchase any of our hedges, shrubs, accessories, or trees for gardens, then feel free to browse the site to view our comprehensive selection.

  • Unusual Fruit Trees – 20% off!

    We love the classics. Apples, pears, cherries and plums are all great for bringing a little colour, structure and interest into the garden (all while providing some handy cooking supplies!), but stepping away from the crowd has its own benefits. You may not find these in the local shops, but there are still plenty of fun and unusual fruit trees to experiment with for jams, jellies, nuts and deserts. We’ll be looking at a few today.

    (Don’t forget, we’re also offering 20% off until October 31st, 2013!)

    First up is the Nottingham Medlar. An attractive, small tree with a flat top and semi-weeping habit. The small russet fruit are edible when from October onwards when fully ripe, while also great for jellies and jams. It’s said to have a picturesque and architectural appearance, even when young.

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    We’re following up with Quince Vranja, one of the UK’s most popular Quince varieties. It’s self-fertile, and you can pick the large green-yellow fruits in October, though they’ll keep until December and make brilliant jelly. When spring comes around, you’ll even be treated to attractive blossom.

    For a large and succulent fruit you might want a look at the Mulberry, we usually supply King James I. The dark red fruits crop early in the plant’s life, and intense flavour makes them an ideal syrup for ice cream! You can either get messy fingers picking by hand, or collect ripe fruit by shaking the branches over a sheet.

    The Broadview Walnut is currently your best option for UK growing. It fruits from a young age yielding large, quality nuts, and is even slightly resistant to frost during flowering time. It’s also more compact than many other varieties, so ideal when space is at a premium.

    Brown Turkey Fig is one of the most popular figs, with large, brown, pear shaped fruit possessing sugary, rich red flesh and a nicely compact habit. You can harvest it at any point between August and September, it’s self-fertile, and even received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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    Finally, we’ll introduce you to the Kent Cobnut. A tall upright tree, it produces plenty of catkins (small, cylindrical flower clusters) and yields nuts with thin shells and an excellent flavour. It’s self-fertile, but planting more than one can help due to the species being wind pollinated.

    That’s all from us for now, but there’s plenty to keep you going. All of the above are enjoying 20% off until October 31st, so if you’ve been pondering introducing a little variety and flavour into the garden there’s no better time to start.

  • How to Plan an Orchard

    Gardens can be stunningly beautiful, but aesthetics aren’t everything. Sometimes you want to gain something tangible from your investment, and there are few better (or more delicious) places to start than producing your own, home-grown fruit.

    If you’re going to plan an orchard you’ll want to make sure you do so correctly. Several factors combine to decide the health of your trees and their potential yield. We’ve gathered below a few pointers to set you in the right direction, and ensure you have all the necessary information to plan effectively.

    Tree Choice

    First things first, ask what will benefit you the most. What fruit do you like to eat, and what varieties can you not find easily in the shops? There are dozens of common fruit trees and unusual fruit trees to choose from, so take the time to browse.

    It is a good idea to research predicted yield and ultimate dimensions to make the most of your space. A single apple tree of a good size can provide enough fruit for a family of four, if
    you’re working with a compact garden. Alternatively if you wish to freeze, bottle, give away to friends or even sell fruit you may want a whole orchard of trees.


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    Planting Site

    Some thought about siting your fruit trees will help establishment, and maximise yield. Find a well-drained site with protection from strong winds, for which you could always plant a windbreak of deciduous shrubs or trees to filter it, or fencing for tighter spaces. Ideally the tree will have good sun exposure for most of the day, and trained fruit should be planted against a south or south-westerly wall or fence.

    Pollination De-Mystified

    As a part of reproduction, fruit production relies on the pollination of flowers earlier in the year. This is usually done by bees and other flying insects, and attracting bees to your garden aids this process.

    Certain trees are self-fertile, meaning the flowers can be pollinated by other flowers on the same tree, whereas others will require another variety of the same fruit grown somewhere nearby. Braeburn apples, for instance, will need an alternate variety like Golden delicious nearby to pollinate for successful fruit development. Place inter-pollinating varieties within 18m (or 55ft) of each other, if possible. Bees can fly up to a couple of miles, but this distance offers the greatest chance of success.

    There are a few exceptions, such as Bramley and Bleinheim Orange cooking apples, which we sell. They are triploid cultivars with sterile pollen and will need two extra varieties of apple to pollinate successfully, totalling a sum of three.

    Also, many self-fertile trees will still benefit from a second plant. Unlike other self-fertile species such as plums and cherries, nuts within the hazel family stand out by being wind pollinated, so planting as a group is a good idea. Growing a group vastly increases your chances of a good harvest for any species, though particularly for wind-pollinated species like hazel-family nuts.


    Fruit trees didn’t evolve with your needs in mind, and as such they’ll often be grafted onto a different rootstock to improve results. This controls the growth and development of the tree, helping maximise yield while making the most of available space, and even offering a degree of disease resistance, depending on the rootstock being employed.

    By grafting to a variety of rootstocks wildly different results can be achieved.  Apples can be grown from dwarf to full-sized orchard trees, for instance. We generally supply apple trees on a semi-vigorous rootstock (MM106), ideal for average gardens subject to average conditions, and producing trees with an ultimate height of 4-5m (14-18ft).

    Other rootstocks may be available, if you need a plant for a patio, talk to us about availability.

    Planting Distance

    Your main consideration should firstly be having enough room to work. Once the tree is mature you’ll need to pick fruit, mow, strim, mulch, feed, and even spray if necessary. A cramped collection of trees can lead to unnecessarily difficult maintenance.

    For a semi-vigorous rootstock we’d usually recommend a circumference of 3.5-4m (12-14ft) around the tree for planting distance. This will provide you with plenty of room to work, while also ensuring trees don’t compete for nutrients.

    Fruit Trees

    While this post is geared towards effective planting and cropping, don’t forget that fruit trees can be immensely attractive ornaments in any garden. Apple and pears are awash with blossoms in spring, while quince and medlar blossom is downright stunning. Pears and cherries display good autumn colour, and the hazel family produces pleasant winter catkins.

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