Grown from British Native Seed
There is much debate amongst environmental groups about the use of “local origins” in new tree planting schemes. Unfortunately much of this debate is misguided due to a lack of understanding of the difference between “provenance” and “origin”. Much of the present day UK landscape is “planted” and of unknown origin. Despite this, the company recognises the demand for native plants and actively seeks to increase production levels of true native origins.
As a company we have tackled this issue in a number of ways including:
- Divided seed purchasing into lots to encompass origins from different regions.
- Established a contract with Leicestershire County Council to produce plants from seed collected by themselves
- Increased our own collections.
The result of this is that we now have plants for sale from a wider range of origins, along with reducing the purchase of imported seed by 20%.