Enough is enough; even William (11) is now bored with the snow. What a hellish couple of weeks for our bare root tree suppliers. Digging plants out of a foot of snow in temperatures down to -10 is not the perfect prelude to the Festive Season. Thanks for your efforts, which have meant that we are only running into real delays for a small handful of orders. Whether it had anything to do with my article in the FT or not, we’ve had a good season for fruit trees in particular, which has been very encouraging.
We hosted a successful course last week on Starting an Orchard, with tutor Kevin Croucher of Thornhayes Nursery. The next one, on renovating older fruit trees, will be held on 25th January. See the website for details. 2011’s schedule also includes days on meadows and wildlife ponds.
Hilliers will be launching our new meadow product at the Garden Press Day in February. Hannah McVicar and Jenny Steel are also now working with us on the project, and the result should be gorgeous. Watch this space! We are also working with Butterfly Conservation on a special readers’ offer of gorgeous mixed native wildflower plugs, selected particularly for butterflies and/or moths.
Thank you everyone for all your help and support this year. The progress we’ve made has been fantastic, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Happy Christmas!
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