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How do you like your trees? Native, urban and feathered!

To link in with this year?s National Tree Week a leading UK nursery has revealed some of its bestselling trees this month (November, 2014).

Wyevale Nurseries says in 2014 it has seen an increase in demand for native varieties and also for trees for urban locations, which provide natural shelters and barriers for privacy.

Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, explained: ?Native trees are being requested by architects far more than previously with firm favourites this year being Alnus glutinosa, Betula pendula, Castanea sativa, Prunus avium, evergreen Pinus sylvestris, Sorbus aucuparia and Quercus robur.

?There is a requirement for an ?urban tree? too ? one for small spaces and in particular those that are more fastigiated in growth, so have an upright habit, such as Acer campestre ?Elegant?, Acer platanoides ?Columnare? or ?Crimson Sentry?, Carpinus betulus ?Fastigiata?, Prunus ?Sunset Boulevard?, Quercus robur ?Fastigiata Koster? and Sorbus ?Cardinal Royal?.

?We?ve also seen much greater demand for trees feathered to the base, which are used for screening to gain shelter or privacy. Most trees have a clear stem/trunk, a feathered tree has branches from the base. This is something we have grown a number of trees specifically for such as Carpinus betulus, Crataegus monogyna and Fagus sylvatica.?

National Tree Week takes place from November 29 until December 7. It initially took place in 1975 and is the UK?s largest tree celebration annually. It also signals the start of the winter tree planting season.

Adam added: ?I think the general vibe from the country as a whole at the moment is to focus on celebrating our native tree varieties, it fits with the mood of the nation and also people are grasping the need to get trees back into urban spaces.

?The recent news regarding the challenges of global warming are also influencing decisions to select living shelters and barriers for privacy. Trees are very much coming back into fashion and we?re seeing strong demand for them reflecting this.?

Wyevale Nurseries is one of the largest family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK. It was established in 1928 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 or visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk.

 

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