As you will all know the use of plastics in all areas, commercial horticulture included has fallen under close scrutiny in 2018. In our sector, supplying the Garden Centre trade, it is pots that are felt to be the priority as these end up being distributed all around the country, to consumers’ homes. Transport trays end up at Garden Centres from where it is normally possible for them to be palletised and then recycled.
At Country Herbs and Plants we have spent a lot of time this last Autumn and Winter exploring the various options available to us within the market. We also sent out a questionnaire to you, our customers and most who responded favoured the use of a pot that was both made from kerbside recycled waste that was in turn recyclable in kerbside bins. We are pleased to say that we have found a range of Taupe coloured pots that tick these boxes. These pots are made by Aeroplas, a UK company, using material from UK residents recycling bins which is being given a new lease of life. These Taupe pots are carbon pigment free which means that it is far easier for them to be recycled again.
We believe that the pots that we have chosen are the best and greenest commercial option available at this time. We are now potting into the new taupe pots so you will begin to see some coming your way in the forthcoming weeks. There will be a period of time when we will be out loading orders where some trays are of the old black pots and others are in the new taupe pot. Unfortunately this is unavoidable and whilst it will look a little untidy the alternative would be to create unnecessary waste plastic which hardly seems appropriate in the circumstances.
We hope that you and your customers will all appreciate the steps that we and other nurseries are taking to address the serious issues surrounding the issue of plastics.
As I’m sure you are all aware Container Centralen have introduced a new trolley tag at the start of 2019, just as they did with the red tag a few years ago and the black before that.
At the start of 2019 one new tag was issued to each trolley with a CC contract. People with CC trolley contracts can get broken trolleys and shelves repaired as required.
Quite a lot of nurseries and hauliers have now implemented the new tags on 100% of their trolleys. Other people, either have not yet fitted their tags or don’t have any trolleys on contract so have no tags to fit!
Some companies who have no trolleys on contract are asking for their orders to be loaded onto Red Tag trolleys in the hope that a system can be run within the system. Unfortunately this is just not going to work. Hauliers will have to separate Red and New Tag trolleys and exchange the correct ones. The system will become a huge muddle and potentially affect us all when the season is in full swing.
The smooth running of the trolley exchange system is absolutely vital to all of us. Whether we are growers, hauliers or garden centres and retailers so we feel that the only way for things to work smoothly is for everyone to be within ONE system and this really needs to be the New Tag. As of the Monday 4th of March we will be going over entirely to the New Tag.
Deliveries made to customers without New Tag trolleys to exchange will have to off load the trolley upon delivery. Even this is a source of potential issues with some hauliers talking of potentially having to levy a unloading surcharge because they will lose a lot of time if their drivers are having to unload lots of trolleys by hand.
Whilst we can see why people resist going into the CC system to save a cost, efficient trolley movements are so important to this industry it starts to look like a false economy. Currently you can pay a one off fee of £5.10 per base with a £3.62 annual rental. Nobody likes a cost but sometimes spending is worthwhile and the alternative here is a lot of headaches at peak season which isn’t very appealing at all!
We have a great selection of 1 Litre Wallflowers available now for some early colour. Please see our current availability list for details of varieties.
To enable promotion of Wallflowers, we have a bespoke complimentary point of sale board available (please ask for details).
We are able to offer some selected lines at a special offer price for week 31 delivery on a first come first served basis. These are all beautiful quality 9cm plants suitable, either for retail or perfect for use as liners. See photos.
This offer applies to a trolley or more of the offer lines and is your normal price less 25 %
The following are available, all in our usual tall 9cm pots.
2000 x Lavender Hidcote
2000 x Lavender Munstead
1500 x Rosemary Officinalis
1500 x Rosemary BBQ
1000 x Salvia Officinalis
300 x Salvia Icterina
300 x Salvia Tricolour
300 x Salvia Purple
Xylella and Neonicotinoids are both major conversation points at the present we have decided to let all of our customers know how we stand on both topics.
We do source some of our young plants from outside the UK. These come from continents that are non Xylella demarcated.
These plants are purchased as young plug plants which will be grown on at our nursery for several months. We DO NOT trade any plants.
In summary We DO NOT purchase ANY plant material from infected areas. We DO NOT trade any plants and we have regular plant inspections by Animal & Plant Health Agency. All plants that we sell are accompanied by a plant passport.
We are NOT using Neonicotinoids on ANY of our garden plants and will NOT be in the future.
One of our young plant suppliers, based in Israel, may, under exceptional circumstances use a neonicotinoid up to twice a year if they have a particular issue but these sprays are used inside a glasshouse so there is no danger of drift into the environment. They are currently working on finding alternatives.
Friends of the Earth bee campaigner Nick Rau said: “We’re aware there are supply chain issues to resolve, such as plug plants originating from Israel, Colombia, Kenya or wherever, and this will take time to sort out.”
Our garden plants are free of UK applied Neonicotinoids.
9 cm Rosemary’s looking good!
The Rosemary seem to be enjoying the weather.
Our Chilli Pepper’s are now fruiting… Yum Yum, not just good looking but tasty too!
Good PR for herbs and they are correct, May is a good time for herbs! Click here to read the full article