Nurseries’ investment in transplants pays off
Posted by . Sep. 26 2014 in PR Stories.

WYEVALE Nurseries has reported a bumper crop of transplants this year (2014) thanks to a new field irrigation system.

The company, which is one of the UK’s leading nurseries, invested £25,000 in the system and has seen sales in its transplants division up 10% compared to the 2012/13 season.
Ray Jenkins, Production Director of the Transplants Division at Wyevale Nurseries, explained: “The Transplants Division has been a major part of Wyevale Nurseries for 27 years and it has been particularly successful in our more recent history.

WYEVALE Nurseries has reported a bumper crop of transplants this year (2014) thanks to a new field irrigation system.

The company, which is one of the UK’s leading nurseries, invested £25,000 in the system and has seen sales in its transplants division up 10% compared to the 2012/13 season.

Ray Jenkins, Production Director of the Transplants Division at Wyevale Nurseries, explained: “The Transplants Division has been a major part of Wyevale Nurseries for 27 years and it has been particularly successful in our more recent history.

“However, we recognised that to remain an industry leader we needed to invest. I’ve worked in the Transplants Division for more than 25 years and some of the crops we have produced this year are undoubtedly the best I’ve seen.

“This is great for us and great news for our customers, and having a new irrigation system has greatly assisted with this as it has given us much better control of our watering.

“In total 3,500 metres of pipe was laid for the new irrigation system across 15 acres of seed raised hedging and forestry.”

Wyevale Nurseries has also recently invested in a cold store with full humidity control for care of its crops and to help extend the availability of bare root transplants.

In addition to this, it is in the process of purchasing another field lifter, which is the first of its kind in the UK, to help ensure stock can be lifted quicker to meet the high service levels the company has set.

Ray added: “We are one of the biggest general transplants nurseries in the UK growing 1.7 million two-year-old transplants and a quarter of a million three-year-old transplants, supplying numerous markets including the forestry industry, farms and estates, landscape contracts and designers.

“We have also quadrupled the volume of pot grown hedging that our container plant nursery grow so we can provide hedging all year round.”

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.


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