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  • Bare root Hedging Available!

    Why Bare root?

    Plants can be bought either container grown, rootballed or bare root.  In late autumn deciduous plants lose their leaves and go into dormancy - they can be dug up and supplied in bundles without soil on the roots. This is an economical way of planting new hedges and woodlands.

    Mixed rural hedges are a traditional way of creating stock proof hedges, and can be enjoyed in gardens too, helping wildlife and creating an attractive division.

    Hawthorn is usually the backbone of the hedge, forming a good structure and providing flowers in spring and berries in autumn.

    Blackthorn is another prickly plant with white flowers and blue black berries - the 'Sloes' that can been used to make Sloe Gin!

    Hazel is quick growing and provides nuts in autumn, catkins in later winter.

    Field maple is another species that knits a hedge together well, it has lovely yellow autumn colour.

    Hornbeam is quick growing and does well in heavy clay soils; Beech prefers lighter soils and keeps it's leaves well throughout the winter when grown as a hedge.

    Spindle has bright pink and orange seeds and can tolerate very chalky soil. Guelder rose is a shrub that copes with wet soils, it has bright red berries and good autumn colour.

    Dog rose can scramble through a hedge providing attractive flowers in summer and rose hips in autumn.

    Planting a mixture of species ensures a range of flowering times for pollinating insects, different food sources for birds and mammals and a visually appealing hedge. We can supply bare root plants for mixed rural hedges as well as single species.

    Introducing some species that can be let to grow into trees in the hedge row can offer further benefits. Oak, Field Maple, Hawthorn, Rowan, Hornbeam and Wild cherry are all good examples and can also be bought as container grown trees.

    Of course all the native species used in hedges can be planted as trees or shrubs for woodland planting. Always make sure young plants are protected from rabbits, deer and farm animals - or they will get nibbled!

    If you need any advice about bare root plants, do ask us - telephone, email or visit. We can supply single or mixed species in a range of sizes.

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  • Have you caught Rugby World Cup Fever Yet?

    Whatever your team, there are trees that come from there

    Oak treeEngland can stand tall with the mighty oak or bend gracefully with the silver birch...not to mention Australia sporting towering Eucalyptus and the versatile evergreen Pittosporum.

    Ornamental cherry treeJapan boasts beautiful flowering cherry trees most of which have stunning autumn colour too – and Japanese Maples are renowned for beautiful autumn foliage.

    From Scotland comes our only native pine - Pinus sylvestris. Ireland shares many of the same native trees as England does - such as Alder (Alnus glutinosa) and bird cherry (Prunus padus). Wales has one of the oldest, if not the oldest native Yew tree in Europe.
    Romania has beautiful forests of oak, hornbeam and beech.

    Olive TreeWe love native trees at English Woodlands, but where would our gardens be without some of the more exotic ornamental trees and shrubs from around the world? Tree ferns from New Zealand, Pencil Cypress and Olive trees from Italy; the amazing monkey puzzle tree Araucaria aurucana comes from Argentina (as well as Chile!) and a wealth of trees come from the USA -from the giant Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) to the autumn splendour of Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua).

    From South Africa comes the essential seaside shrub Tamarix. If you support Canada then you’ll be flying the flag with a Canadian Maple. Think palms and bamboo in Fiji/South Pacific and the world tour is almost complete!Bamboo

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