Despite the weather……. Four Oaks 2012

Our roving reporter Ffion Llwd-Jones ffion@fljmedia.com (07546 108 195) will be attending the show, interviewing exhibitors and posting a report for the next edition of The Landscaper.
Acorn Nurseries,Anglo Eastern, Allensmore Nurseries,Heathwood Nurseries,Cedar Nurseries,City Irrigation, DW Frost, Dingley Dell, Ready Hedge

September 4 ~ 5th 2012
FOUR OAKS TRADE SHOW
Farm Lane, Lower Withington,
Macclesfield, Cheshire,
SK11 9DU,
UK
PAT COUTTS
Event Director
Tel: +44 (0) 1477 571392
(mob 07767 640420)

Over 470 companies will exhibit this year despite the difficult trading conditions inflicted on the industry by the abysmal weather to date.
It has had no adverse effect on the show, and the area of stands has increased for 2012. Houses A – E are completely full and there is a good first year presence in the new build glasshouse House T which was completed in January. Over 90 new companies are participating to date, and the European contingent continues to grow.
The seminar programme takes place over two days this year. Sessions include; Renewable Energy (Hallmark Power); Screening (Luiten Screening / Ludvig Svensson); Sprayers (HDC Technical Session); Training (The Garden Works) and New Plant Introductions by Peter Seabrook.

Acorn (MK) Nurseries was founded in 1981. The current partnership of Stephen Burchmore and Ian Pretty has led the company to its position as the area’s leading wholesale nursery. In 1986 the present site at Emberton was purchased allowing a rapid increase in production.
With a staff of 14, the nursery now produces in excess of 150,000 2L and 3L plants. They produce a good range of trees and shrubs as well as a large selection of herbaceous perennials and alpines. They also grow an ever increasing range of specimen stock with pot sizes up to 100L.
On top of their own production they buy in a large amount of stock from many of the top nurseries in the UK, Europe and as afield as New Zealand.
The nurseries plant finding service provides customers with a complete one-stop solution to their planting needs. They operate a comprehensive web site and it’s worth browsing through the pages to get a broader outlook on their activities.
They can cater for very large orders yet are also happy to supply a single plant to callers at the Nursery.
They offer an efficient delivery service.
Tel 01234 713469
www.acorn-mk-nurseries.co.uk
Please note prices are dependent on stock availability and are available
Anglo Eastern Trading Co led by Nigel Guffogg with over 30 years’ experience in the horticultural business has launched an exciting new range of highly affordable planters and baskets direct to the UK garden trade.
The new range includes hand-painted planters, some featuring a ‘glazed’ wipe-clean surface, believed to be a first for the UK market. The planters come in a range of sizes from 3 to 30 litres, some featuring a label slot on the rim for convenience. Standard colours include terracotta and green right through to a vibrant range of primary colours and earthy tones. Bespoke tooling and specific Pantone colours are available to order.
Sales director Nigel Guffogg said: “The product range encompasses both contemporary and classic designs, some of which are hand painted, providing what we truly believe to be the finest affordable product range in the UK; something different and unique, which will evolve over the coming years.”
The company’s catalogue is available on request, and can also be downloaded from Anglo Eastern’s website
Tel 01772 673865
sales@angloeasterntrading.co.uk
www.angloeasterntrading.co.uk
Allensmore Nurseries have received glowing praise for their 2013 ‘main season’ catalogue. For early 2013 these include Primula acaulis, Primula Primlet Collection, Viola Endurio, Rattan Baskets, Forsythia and Intermedia Weekend. Their traded lines now include a range of superb plant material from across Europe, including Phoenix Palms and Citrus fruit trees from Sicily and plants such as Lavender and Argyranthemum from Albenga. Dianthus Tenelke and Osteospermum from Spain provide a further choice from the Mediterranean.
From Ireland, Myrtus Glanleam Gold and Hydrangea Hortensis are also featured in this stunning 52 page catalogue.
Their stand at Four Oaks this year (C6+7) will again capitalize on their 40th Anniversary – as was the theme at the National Plant Show in June. A stunning array of plants in flower and ready to sell will decorate their stand. Their innovative ‘added value’ range of planters and many new plants for 2013 from their trial grounds are set to light up the autumn buying season.
Tel: 01981 400840.
www.allensmore.co.uk
Cash and Carry
Heathwood Nurseries grow their own trees, shrubs, and hedging plants from British seed. The nursery has a system for every season, cell grown – container grown – field grown.
Established for more than 30 years Heathwood have considerable horticultural experience and can provide planting advice and stock sourcing over the phone or e mail.
Their cash and carry service offers a wide range of fruit trees and ornamental species throughout the year. They can deliver next day to any UK destination via pallet line ensuring stock arrives in the best possible condition, for larger trees they deliver with their own transport.
Heathwood provide a service based on good honest quality and customer care. They supply any quantity from one to a 1000 plants A catalogue is available as well as a monthly special offer list.
Tel 01948 840 120
Fax 01948 840120
sales@heathwood.co.uk
www.heathwood.co.uk
Cedar Nursery offer trade clients excellent customer service, great trade discounts and a wide range of products to sell to your clients.
Started in 1986, they are an independent, family run specialist; their aim is to offer a unique range of plants & products based on their core values – Better by Design, Excellence in Service and Superior Value.
The plant varieties are both old & new which they know perform well, individually picked and sourced mainly from local growers.
By stocking the best varieties and having expertise available on site to advise you we can ensure outstanding value with plants that will thrive, perform & delight.
As well as a core range of plants they specialise in Weber BBQ’s, Westminster Garden Furniture, Nidagravel and StableDRIVE Gravel Stabilisation systems, Bespoke Planters made from Fibreglass, Stainless Steel, Galvanised Steel or with Powder-coated finishes – all hand made in the UK.
They also have sundries, composts and a specialist turf and irrigation supplier on site. They offer 3D Landscape Design services working with you to visualise garden concepts to your clients.
You can visit them 7 days a week and discuss your project with their trained horticulturists or product specialists – they’ll be happy to offer you help and advice.
Tel: 01932 862473
sales@landscaping.co.uk
City Irrigation are one of the largest suppliers of irrigation equipment and water related products in the UK.
Stocking products from leading manufacturers including, Philmac, Plasson, Polypipe, Orbit, Antelco, Hunter, Hozelock, Gardena, Leaky pipe, Rainbird, Irritrol, Toro, Claber, Netafim, Holman, Geka and most other Irrigation Suppliers.
Their products include Drip irrigation, driplines, drippers, sprinklers, microsprinklers, pop up sprinklers, mini sprinklers, Tap timers, irrigation controllers, solenoid valves, solenoid valve manifolds, skid sprinklers, hose, hose fittings, tap fittings, hose reels, hose trolleys, pumps, tanks, and most irrigation related equipment.
Their customer base includes landscapers , wholesale, trade, commercial users and domestic gardeners.
They also have a Landscape Supplies section offering Composts, Fertilisers and Horticultural sundries. This includes Wolf Garden Tools, Ground cover, Grass seed, and salt which are available from this site.
Tel 020-8315-8169
www.cityirrigation.co.uk
The Cash & Carry department at D. W. Frost (Wholesale Nurseries) caters for local landscape contractors who drop in to select from the huge variety of plants stocked from our own growing nursery to cater for all domestic and commercial projects. Orders can also be placed for collection at a pre-arranged time or we deliver throughout the East Midlands and also nationwide with our own fleet of vehicles.
their knowledgeable and friendly staff are available to help or give advice and should you require a quotation you only have to telephone, fax or email your request and it will be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
They stock quantities of specimen stock including many varieties of Italian specimens and evergreen hedging, and during the bare root season, we are able to supply bare root and root balled trees up to 30cm girth from our own tree fields. They also supply bare root whips and hedging material and large root balled evergreen hedging such as Laurel and Yew. For the commercial landscaper and also the domestic landscaper who requires quantities of smaller shrubs, conifers and perennials, they grow a large numbers of 2 and 3L pots.
They also carry good stocks of bagged composts, tree stakes and ties, spiral guards and canes and sell bark chippings, compost, top soil and soil conditioner either loose or in bulk bags.
Their latest innovation is the ‘Frost Plant Finder’, a new bespoke computer software package that will help customers to find the right plant for their needs. If Frosts do not have the particular plant in stock that the customer requires, the Frost Plant Finder programme sources the specific plant from currently over 100 nurseries, and increasing daily, both in this country and on the continent. This new programme is currently being introduced to existing customers, and will be available very shortly to new customers, to enable them to have easy access to this service via their own computer.
Their own lorries collecting from the continent on a regular basis, at least weekly during the busy season, and therefore can offer a rapid service for customers who do not want to buy large shipments from abroad but need a certain plant that they are having difficulty in finding.
DW Frosts prices are very competitive and they believe that this service will also benefit other nurseries and cash and carrys in sourcing top quality stock at competitive prices.
Tel 01949 20445
www.dwfrost.com
Dingley Dell Nurseries in Chobham grow a wide range of hardy shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants for retail sales. Pot sizes range from 3 litres to 25 litres
For the independent retailer they offer a complete garden centre service with colour labels, pre-pricing and weekly deliveries around the M25 for orders over £500. Just select plants from the looking good list and they’ll do the rest.
Professional landscapers who select plants on a cash & carry basis can easily build a whole garden from the choice available.
There is also a van delivery service at very reasonable rates.
This is a family business which has been growing nursery stock for more than 60 years. You can expect a friendly, efficient service and your customers will be delighted with the plants.
Tel 01276 857181
sales@dingleydell.co.uk
Readyhedge is a wholesale nursery growing high quality instant hedging and screening plants.
The range is grown in 1m troughs and is ready spaced for ease of planting. This unique product is ideally suited to landscape contracts and domestic gardens alike.
Some examples of other products in their hedging and screening range include pleached trees, espalier fruit, high and low screening panels.
Hedging plants from 1m to 4m are available in containers or rootball/bareroot in the winter.
Court Gate Nursery, Station Road, Eckington, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3BB
Tel: 01386 750585
http://www.readyhedgeltd.com/

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