Cheshire Nurseries started in 1958 as a Forestry Nursery supplying Native Trees and Shrubs in both container and field grown form from transplant to heavy standard size. Most Plants sold were grown in house. During the 1990’s, field grown production was increasingly replaced by import substitution.
The Container variety increased as the nursery focused more on local landscapers and the retail trade.
2007 saw a major change with all container stock production ending, and field grown production returning, primarily in Evergreen Hedging at far higher volumes than before. Ornamental Tree production ceased in 2012. Today the company concentrates on only 8 varieties of evergreen hedging, over 35 acres, with all production and sales being in house.
The typical year is split into two. October to mid April is sales. All plants are lifted mechanically using a root ball machine. Delivery where required is made using our own commercial vehicles. From mid April, when lifting is no longer possible due to the plants’ growing season, we start the process of producing new stock. Young plants, sourced from other nurseries, are planted using semi mechanical methods. All stock is then pruned, once again mechanically to produce a consistent, uniform product for sale. Following soil testing, the appropriate level of lime (to control ph) and fertiliser is applied to all areas. As well as looking after the stock, the summer months are spent carrying out maintenance to machinery, land drains and ditches. Weed suppression is also done typically every 8 weeks.
Undercutting of plants where necessary is undertaken in September to ensure good root development.
Following the Four Oaks Trade Show in early September, stocktaking takes place and availability lists for the new lifting season are sent out to regular customers, as well as being added to the company website.
The cycle starts again typically in early October as we commence lifting new customer orders.