Wyevale Nurseries roots for ‘The Great British Hedge’  

A NURSERY in Hereford is campaigning for the benefits of ‘The Great British Hedge’ from this month (September, 2015) onwards.


Wyevale Nurseries has started an initiative to promote the benefits of the British hedge to the horticultural retail and amenity and landscaping sectors.


Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Hedges are natures fences – natural boundary markers, privacy givers and security providers. Not only do they work for us, they also make a living corridor for birds and animals, offering nesting and food throughout the year.


“Hedges have been used as field boundaries in England since the times of the Romans and we feel Britain and its patchwork of hedges are iconic. We want to see them continue to flourish.


“There are many benefits to hedges for example walls or a fence will only divert wind, whereas a hedge filters and calms it, improving air circulation and forming sheltered microclimates for other plants to grow. Hedges can also be planted for sound proofing and to absorb air pollution. They are ideal for use near busy roads or in industrial areas.


“The best hedges are planned. Knowing what to plant and where to put it can make a significant difference to the initial impact as well as the desired long-term appearance.”


Wyevale Nurseries say whatever the circumstances, be it a hedge in rural land, a town house or rooftop garden, there are options which will provide the best result. People need to choose the right plant, for the right place, with the right maintenance regime and staff at Wyevale Nurseries are happy to offer guidance.


Adam continued: “Planning and planting a hedge can be a daunting prospect for the average gardener. For retailers we have put together a comprehensive range of varieties, available in both three litre and five litre pots, giving them all they need to build a fantastic hedging offering right through the autumn and winter.


“Each plant is supplied with extra large, fully informative picture labels and support with a giant correx board classifying each product line by its characteristics. By following our simple classification chart retail customers will be able to select the variety which best suits their needs.


“For amenity and landscaping customers we offer hedging supplied in three ways – bareroot, rootball and container grown. Each method of supply has certain seasonal limitations. We are one of the only UK suppliers to offer ‘All Year Round’ availability on hedging.”


Wyevale Nurseries is also developing more ‘Specialist Hedging Forms’ – Pleached and Pre-formed. Pre-formed hedges are plants that have been intensively pruned and trimmed into shape to give an instant desired effect of a finished hedge.


Pleached trees is a technique of pruning that produces a flat frame creating a two-dimensional effect with branches spreading sideways in one plane (i.e. flat) held on top of a central tree stem. These are commonly used to create a green screen above a fence level or a raised wall.


Wyevale Nurseries is one of the largest family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK. It was established in 1930 by Harry Williamson, a horticulturist and entrepreneur. It became the company it is today under the leadership of his son, Peter, who sadly passed away in 2011.


The Williamsons’ saw the opportunity to sell their product to an undeveloped retail market, creating one of the first garden centres, followed by a chain. In 1987, the retail side needed to expand and the 19 garden centres were sold as a PLC.


The family then turned its focus to Wyevale Nurseries Ltd. It continues to be a family-run business with ownership and joint chairmanship currently being held by the third generation, Heather and Simeon Williamson, with plans for the fourth generation to takeover in the future.


Wyevale Nurseries has a significant product range and is regularly introducing new plants. It offers a large variety of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants to garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners.


For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.