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  • Winter Prune Apple Trees

    Now is an ideal time to prune apple trees - if you need to. Newly planted trees have usually been formatively pruned in the nursery and shouldn't need any pruning, however as trees get older pruning may be necessary and it is easier to assess the trees after leaf fall and prior to bud break.

    The aim of any pruning will be to reduce the risk of pests and diseases from crowded conditions ; encourage growth of younger productive wood and the production of good quality fruit.

    First remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches - particularly those damaged by apple canker.

    Prune out any crossing branches that can rub.

    Shorten previous year's growth on main branch tips by about a third.

    Leave side branches (laterals) unpruned so they can develop fruit buds in the second year.

    Remove strong shoots growing into the centre of the tree - aim for an overall 'goblet' shape.

    On old trees thin out any fruit bearing spurs that are congested to about 15cm/6" apart.

    and don't forget to clean your tools after use!

  • Happy New Year !

    Wishing all our customers a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    We are open as usual from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday 

    and

    8 am to 4 pm Saturday

  • Season's Greetings and Closing time

    English Woodlands

    The whole team at English Woodlands would like to wish you a
    Very Merry Christmas and a
    Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    Thank you for your custom during 2018 and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

    We close at 4pm Saturday 22nd December and
    Open again 8am Wednesday January 2nd 2019

     

  • 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...

    Fruit Trees Fruit Trees

    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.

    english woodlands fruit trees

    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.

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