It's not un­com­mon for peo­ple to turn up want­ing one or two trees... and leave with a boot full.

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tal­ents. Colours and tex­tures are art­fully po­si­tioned in rows side by side, adding to the de­light of look­ing at the plants for sale.

Pete and Han­nah strive to present plants that are both healthy and hardy. The re­sult is that it's not un­com­mon for peo­ple to turn up want­ing one or two trees, and drive out with a car boot full. Most whole­salers don't sell in­di­vid­ual trees to the pub­lic but Pete and Han­nah feel strongly that there is def­i­nitely a place for the per­sonal ap­proach that their nurs­ery of­fers.

In be­tween pot­ting up seedlings this spring and sum­mer, Pete is keen to in­dulge in more of his other pas­sions, hunt­ing and fish­ing. But first, he's go­ing to get stuck in and clear up the far end of the prop­erty to make room for more trees be­cause he and Han­nah feel the de­mand is go­ing to keep on grow­ing.

Peo­ple are of­ten scared to get started but Pete has found all they need is a bit of di­rec­tion and some ideas and away they go. Nine times out of ten, once the ini­tial project be­gins to grow (lit­er­ally), peo­ple are back for more.

“I'm not into just slap­ping trees in the ground any old how,” he says. “For good re­sults, I have a per­sonal mantra: right thing, right place, right time.

"To be hon­est, a bare piece of land is like a blank can­vas to me. It just gets my wheels spin­ning and I love to prob­lem solve, us­ing tex­ture and colour and lay­er­ing to pro­duce, not just a patch of na­tive trees, but a sort-of work of nat­u­ral art that is pleas­ing to the eye.

“And as long as I don't have to sit in­side, I'm happy.”

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