Diverse Seasons

Within our field and container nurseries, we have an impressive collection of 750,000 trees, some of which have thrived in these environments for over 25 years. The presence of these trees has had a tremendous impact on sustaining the local wildlife, offering a wide range of benefits that contributes to their well-being.

During winter months, when food sources become scarce, our trees serve as a valuable and dependable food supply for various birds. The fallen leaves and tree containers provide a haven for Robins as they dart through, finding nourishment and sustenance. Moreover, our trees offer ideal nesting sites, providing birds with optimal shelter, especially during early summer when the weather begins to warm. The blossoms of our trees, particularly Prunus and Malus, possess an irresistible allure for bees. These blossoms exhibit qualities that make them highly appealing and beneficial to these buzzing pollinators. Abundant in nectar, blossoms serve as a crucial energy source for bees, diligently collected to produce the golden goodness we know as honey.

Our tree range encompasses a diverse selection of native species, each playing a crucial role in establishing and maintaining a remarkable ecosystem. Among these, the mature English Oak stands out as an exceptional example. Its presence alone sustains an astonishing array of over 4000 distinct species of insects and animals serving as a testament to the rich biodiversity supported by our trees.

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Our Compost

A significant percentage of the UK’s peatlands have undergone degradation due to the destructive practices of peat extraction. Peatlands play a crucial role in biodiversity, providing a habitat for a wide range of rare species, including birds, reptiles and mammals. Furthermore, peatlands act as vital carbon stores, and when damaged, release the carbon which ultimately contributes to climate change.

To prioritise environmental sustainability, our container trees have been peat-free for many years. Instead, we utilise compost sustainably sourced from the UK, incorporating wood fibre, bark recycled coir and green matter. By adopting peat-free practices, we not only protect the environment, but microscopic life within healthy soil and compost. In particular, fungi, one of the most significant groups in the biological world, play a crucial role. Fungi form symbiotic relationships with the compost, exchanging nutrients for carbohydrates. These nutrients are essential in promoting the health and growth of our trees.

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Our Reservoir

Utilising our reservoir for tree watering presents a superior environmental approach compared to using mains water. Our carefully implemented drip irrigation system ensures that our trees receive precisely the required amount of water without any runoff or wastage. This efficient method not only benefits the trees themselves, but also contributes to the overall well-being of surrounding wildlife.

Our reservoir serves as a thriving habitat for a diverse range of wildlife, including bees, butterflies, and various bird species. Its presence attracts these creatures, providing them with a suitable environment to flourish. Moreover, during the first half of the year, the area surrounding the reservoir burst with vibrant wildflowers, offering a colourful and enticing landscape. As the year progresses, the second half sees the emergence of different types of fungi, further enriching the biodiversity of the ecosystem.

Hillier Nurseries water reservoir