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Squires Down, Dorset: people working with nature

We’re delighted to continue out sponsorship of bird ringing at Squires Down in Dorset, a remarkable voluntary project which is playing its part in safeguarding wildlife habitats for, among other things, the Meadow Pipit pictured above.. One of those volunteers is Alan Masterton, Landscape Manager at out stockists Sydenhams, and the ethos of the project sits perfectly with our own. The land called Squire's Down was purchased in 2007 and was originally...(more)

Another Which? Gardening Best Buy Award for SylvaGrow

Government strategy renews commitment to peat reduction in government 25 year environment plan. Peat-free gardening is coming - and it will become the norm. For a record sixth report in a row, a product from the SylvaGrow® range, has been awarded a Which? Gardening Best Buy, this time for seed sowing. No other brand can match this record. As some of the UK’s finest professional growers have known for years, Melcourt...(more)

Our new T2 packing line is now fully operational

The line, which has involved an investment of £600k, enables us more efficiently to pack better looking bags more securely on the pallet. As you'll see when you watch, our packs now have a side panel which vastly improves presentation at point of sale, making, for example, the RHS Endorsement more visible. Such a large investment is justified by the dramatic increase in demand for Melcourt peat-free products across the board and is...(more)

Our new bagging line will be on stream very soon

We're investing in the 2020 peat-free vision for British Gardeners. Since the launch of Melcourt SylvaGrow® five years ago we've seen a sustained increase in demand for good quality, peat-free gardening products. Garden Centres nationwide have realised that, with Melcourt, they can meet their customers need for consistently reliable growing medium and safeguard their margins. There are only two years to go before the deadline for removing peat-based products from sale...(more)

Happy Christmas!

We would like to thank all of our customers for your support during the year. The office will be closed from noon on Friday 22nd December 2017 and open for business again at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Everyone at Melcourt sends all good wishes for Christmas and the year ahead.(more)

Gardens grow people

Salters Hill cares supports and provide opportunities for people with disabilities – creating the right environment to grow independence, confidence and wellbeing. Many of us know the nourishing effects of gardens and green spaces so an important milestone in their work was reached recently with the official opening of the Rural Wellbeing garden on Falcon Lane near Ledbury for which we were pleased to supply some Spruce Ornamental at advantageous rates....(more)

Some dates for your diary in 2018

Supporting our stockists and customers is an important part of our work so we’re pleased to confirm our attendance at the following shows and events during 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!   SHOW   DATE GCA Conference 21st/24th January Garden Press Event 28th February Society of Garden Designers 21st April RHS Malvern 10th – 13th May RHS Chelsea 22nd – 26th May HTA Nursery Supply Show 19th-20th June...(more)

Melcourt at the IPPS Growing Media Workshop

An audience of academics, growers, botanic gardens and National Trust for Scotland staff gathered at Oatridge College near Edinburgh last week for a growing media workshop organised by the IPPS. Melcourt’s Technical Director Catherine Dawson guided the delegates through the intricacies of the materials that are now widely used to replace peat, as well as showing how effectively Melcourt’s market-leading growing medium for professional growers Sylvamix, performs on a wide range...(more)

Excellence at Oak View Landscapes recognised

Great to see Oak View Landscapes receive the recognition they deserve with the bestowal of a Principal Award for Employee Excellence by the British Association of Landscape Industries. Valued Melcourt customers, Oak View Landscapes are an established regional landscape contractor based near Colchester, Essex who install hard and soft landscape contracts for commercial and residential clients. They have a wide ranging client base from national construction companies and national house builders...(more)

Propagating very special Azaleas in SylvaGrow Ericaceous

We are always delighted to hear from our customers and were particularly pleased to hear from SylvaGrow® Ericaceous user Geoffrey White about his success with propagating azaleas. He writes: "When you visited last year you saw that I had set some cuttings of evergreen azaleas in your compost. I can report that the success rate was quite reasonable and would have been good if I had spotted a marauding caterpillar in...(more)

James saves the day

The day was saved at the futurescapes exhibition when, owing to unforeseen circumstances, James Harriss from the office had to step in to man our stand there at very short notice. He reports brisk business and lots of old and new customers. "Most enquiries were from garden designers and landscapers wanting technical advice, which I duly gave to the best of my ability," says James. "I did enjoy the day  and without doubt the...(more)

Bloomin’ good news from Nailsworth

Earlier this year we were delighted to sponsor Nailsworth Rotary Club with a few bags of SylvaGrow® for troughs around the town. So it was lovely to receive these pictures from the organiser Thorold Cox and his report on how successful and well-received the displays have been. “The current state of flowering is excellent for a 16 week display,” he says. “As far as I am concerned it is proof that...(more)

New guide to professional growing media now available

"As well as growing a great product in Sylvamix® we can also save significant time at potting." These aren't our words but those of a long-standing customer from one of the most respected nurseries in the UK. These are from a different customer: "Plants establish quicker when grown in Sylvamix and make a much better product over time." and these, from yet another customer growing a completely different crop: "Sylvamix is...(more)

Sylvagrow takes a starring role – but the real stars are the people behind this inspiring project

Our thanks to the Vertical Gardener for sending us this video about his work in Newcastle upon Tyne as part of the Greening Wingrove Project. Wingrove is a densely populated area in the west end of the city and the project aims to improve the quality of life for residents through people, learning and action We found the video - and the thinking and action behind it - quite simply inspirational and wish...(more)

Promotion for Neil Gray

Neil Gray has been promoted to the role of Senior Technical Sales Manager here at Melcourt where he has worked in a technical sales capacity for the last 6 years. Prior to joining us Neil worked in technical sales elsewhere and has been involved in commercial horticulture since leaving school at 16. “Sales of both Melcourt professional growing media and consumer products have increased dramatically in recent years,” says Andy Chalmers,...(more)

Going for gold…and winning

We're very pleased and proud to hear of the success of Melcourt customers Penberth Plants who received the Diamond Jubilee Award and a Gold Medal for the best exhibit in the Floral Marquee at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. The picture shows Claire Batten and Jeff Rowe of Penberth looking more than a little chuffed themselves. Not be outdone, the team at Hardy's Cottage Plants also scooped a Gold Medal for...(more)

Great news for visitors to these National Trust properties

If you’re buying plants when you visit National Trust properties at Charlecote, Hidcote, Ickworth, Nymans, or Polesden Lacey this week-end you can now buy 15L carry packs of award-winning SylvaGrow multi purpose peat free compost to take home with you. It has been National Trust policy for some time to avoid using peat in its gardens and when it sources plants for sale at its properties it has a peat-free policy...(more)

Melcourt SylvaGrow® is a Which? Gardening BEST BUY again! (for the 5th time in a row!!)

Melcourt SylvaGrow® sustainable peat-free growing media has become the only brand to have received Best Buy accolades in the last five reports on gardening compost from Which? Gardening. Indeed no other brand comes close to that record. In the latest report on composts for containers SylvaGrow® was a Best Buy and SylvaGrow® with added John Innes scored just one percentage point less and was a Recommended Buy. Sales of Sylvagrow® are...(more)

Latest edition of Melcourt Grower Solutions out now

Covering topics ranging from the successful use of Melcourt growing media by leading grower JA Jones to the HTA Nursery Supply Show, grower solutions is now available. This edition also covers the launch of SylavGrow® Organic, a new, truly organic, Soil Association approved growing medium for gardeners, information on pot mulching, an off label extension for Exemptor®, and news on the Fertilizer Advice Scheme. You can download a copy of solutions here.(more)

We’re supporting Plant Heritage

We've decided to join Plant Heritage as corporate members. Plant Heritage is the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity responsible for the National Plant Collections®, the ‘living libraries’ of garden plants, researching cultivated plants that have become rare, and promoting the need for cultivated plant conservation in the UK and Ireland.  Many of our grower customers are involved in some of these initiatives and it makes all the sense in the world to...(more)

A date for your diary: the HTA Nursery Supply Show 2017

Seven years ago after launching the National Plant Show to support growers and give them the right show at the right time of the year for them to do business, the HTA is introducing the Nursery Supply Show which will run as a separate exhibition in hall 3 at Stoneleigh alongside the HTA National Plant Show on the 20th and 21st June 2017. The HTA Nursery Supply Show will give even more to visitors by...(more)

Mr Alan Evans 1942-2016

We are sad to report the death of Mr Alan Evans, a major shareholder in Melcourt Industries Ltd. Alan’s life’s work was in building up the egg packing business of A Evans & Son Ltd of Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, founded in 1936 by his grandfather Arthur and then taken on by his father, Jack Evans. As a child, Alan was sorting and delivering eggs into Birmingham almost as soon as he...(more)

Just a reminder…

That our office will be closed from 12 noon on 21st December 2016 until 9am on 3rd January 2017. We thank you for your business in 2016 and look forward to working with you in 2017. In the meantime, we send our best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year(more)

Melcourt growing media goes to the Falkland Islands – with Seiont Nurseries

Seiont Nurseries, who grow all their production in Melcourt growing media, has an order going to The Falkland Islands later this week which is probably the furthest Melcourt material of this kind has travelled. The plants, in 9cm pots for growing on for retail, are primarily new varieties and include the following which are all UK bred: Escallonia Golden Carpet (the first new variety Seiont grew from start to finish as...(more)

SylvaGrow in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

We are delighted to know from social media that there is a burgeoning demand for SylvaGrow both north and south of the border. The unfortunate news is that due to plant health restrictions we are currently unable to send anything containing bark there unless it has undergone a detailed and specific sterilization process. Bark products have to hold a plant passport in the same way that any grower has to plant passport...(more)

Eight years on and Yate playground is looking good

We don't often get the chance to revisit projects we've been involved in but by a happy co-incidence one of technical sales managers was visiting friends in Yate near Bristol this week-end and took this picture of the playground there where Melcourt Playbark® was installed as a loose impact absorbing surface 8 years ago (the bottom picture is one we took not long after the playground was completed). As you can...(more)

The importance of product consistency for gardeners – and a promise from Melcourt

We were reminded of this recently by Ronald, Ronald, a keen gardener from Eccleshall in Staffordshire, who, having recently joined the RHS, came across our products due to their recommendation.  About 5 years ago Ronald moved from a three bedroom house where he had a large garden which he enjoyed for many years to a flat where he had no garden. He is now in a new flat and in the...(more)

A new date for your diary: the HTA Nursery Supply Show June 2017

Seven years ago after launching the National Plant Show to support growers and give them the right show at the right time of the year for them to do business, the HTA is introducing the Nursery Supply Show which will run as a separate exhibition in hall 3 at Stoneleigh alongside the HTA National Plant Show on the 20th and 21st June 2017. The HTA Nursery Supply Show will give even more to visitors by...(more)

Two big shows done: and interest in the Melcourt peat-free range is greater than ever

One of the many useful things about trade shows is that they give you the chance to get a sense of where you stand with real live customers and - just as important - with non customers. Four Oaks is a show for professional growers whilst GLEE is one aimed more at garden centre buyers looking for the next idea or product to offer gardeners. We're unusual since we serve both...(more)

It’s show time!

The shows and open day season kicks off next week - and we will be at: Four Oaks 6th & 7th September GLEE 12th -14th September The 'Boggy Day' event at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on Saturday 17th Palmstead Landscape Workshop - 21st September Prenplants Open Day 22nd September We will also have a presence at a Soil Association day on 14th Sep in Somerset. Looking further ahead, we shall...(more)