All plants including bare rooted fruit trees and bushes are usually sent out from late October until mid March.
Note for 2018/19 winter season: all orders sent out of UK will be dispatched at latest on 1st March 2019 … this is precautionary in case the UK exits the EU at the end of March with no exit agreement.
Delivery method and charges
We only send plants within the UK / EU and Switzerland.
Delivery: We send plants out in the dormant season: the majority of our plants are field grown and sold bare-rooted, which is more ecologically-sound than growing everything in pots. NOTE: We only use delivery services where the company employs drivers with full employment rights (these are not always cheapest but we think that ethically it is the right thing to do.)
On ordering, your order will go into a queue for delivery between November and March – we’ll give you an estimate of delivery period. We can only send to “proper” postcoded addresses – not to fields, gateways, parks etc. Most UK orders will be sent by carrier although we cannot guarantee either the day or time of delivery – if you are not in then the plants will be left somewhere safe. It is essential we are given a telephone number to pass onto the courier so they can contact you if necessary.
Cancellation of plant orders: Please note, that after November 1st, plant orders that are cancelled will receive an 80% refund. This is because the plants have been reserved for you and it is increasingly likely as the winter season progresses that we will be unable to re-sell the plants hence we will entail losses on the order.
Basic Delivery Charges
It costs us the same to send one tree or ten, and most couriers do not want to transport either plants or long parcels. We now use Tuffnells who are experienced in handling both plants and long items.
Basic delivery charge for most of mainland England, Wales, lowland Scotland: 12.5% of order value (minimum delivery charge £21.00)
If you only want a few small plants a small delivery rate may apply – please email us for a postage quote.
Surcharges (add to basic delivery charge):
Channel Islands + £15.00; Isle of Man + £15.00; Isle of Wight + £7.00; Northern Ireland + £5.00; Scottish Highlands* + £20.00; Scottish Islands & Scilly Isles** + £20.00; remote/congested area surcharge +£3.00.
(* Scottish Highland postcodes this applies to are: IV1 1, IV1 2, IV1 3, IV10 8, IV11 8, IV12 4, IV12 5, IV13 7, IV14 9, IV15 9, IV16 9, IV17 0, IV18 0, IV19 1, IV2 1, IV2 3, IV2 4, IV2 5, IV2 6, IV2 7, IV20 1, IV21 2, IV22 2, IV23 2, IV24 3, IV25 3, IV26 2, IV27 4, IV28 3, IV3 5, IV3 6, IV3 8, IV36 0, IV4 7, IV40 8, IV42 8, IV52 8, IV53 8, IV54 8, IV6 7, IV63 6, IV63 7, IV7 8, IV8 8, IV9 8, KW1 4, KW1 5, KW10 6, KW11 6, KW12 6, KW13 6, KW14 7, KW14 8, KW2 6, KW3 6, KW5 6, KW6 6, KW7 6, KW8 6, KW9 6, PA36 4, PA38 4, PA39 4, PA40 4, PA50 4, PH19 1, PH20 1, PH21 1, PH22 1, PH23 3, PH24 3, PH25 3, PH26 3, PH30 4, PH31 4, PH32 4, PH33 6, PH33 7, PH34 4, PH35 4, PH36 4, PH37 4, PH38 4, PH39 4, PH40 4, PH41 2, PH41 4, PH49 4, PH50 4 )
(**Scottish Island and Scilly postcodes this applies to are: HS1 2, HS2 0, HS2 9, HS3 3, HS4 3, HS5 3, HS6 5, HS7 5, HS8 5, HS9 5, IV41 8, IV42 8, IV43 8, IV44 8, IV45 8, IV46 8, IV47 8, IV48 8, IV49 9, IV51 9, IV55 8, IV56 8, KA27 8, KA28 0, PA20 0, PA20 9, PA41 7, PA42 7, PA43 7, PA44 7, PA45 7, PA46 7, PA47 7, PA48 7, PA49 7, PA60 7, PA61 7, PA62 6, PA63 6, PA64 6, PA65 6, PA66 6, PA67 6, PA68 6, PA69 6, PA70 6, PA71 6, PA72 6, PA73 6, PA74 6, PA75 6, PA76 6, PA77 6, PA78 6, PH42 4, PH43 4, PH44 4, ZE1 0, ZE1 9, ZE2 9, ZE3 9, TR21 0, TR22 0, TR23 0, TR24 0, TR25 0)
European Delivery Charges
Note: we send out plants with a ‘plant passport’ which enables them to be sent anywhere in the EU. We do not send plants outside of the EU apart from to Switzerland (so not to Norway, sorry). We have “fire-blight buffer zone status” and thus are able to send apples, pears, hawthorns, medlars etc. to areas and countries free of fire-blight.
The charges below for Zones A-E are examples per 10 kg carton (up to 20 x 20 x 200 cm) – approx 10 bare rooted fruit trees. Pot grown plants will be heavier. A delivery price based on weight will be calculated automatically if you order online. Orders to mainland Europe are sent by courier.
Note for 2018/19: all orders sent to EU will be dispatched at latest by 7 March 2019 … this is precautionary in case the UK exits the EU at the end of March with no exit agreement.
Deliveries usually take 4-10 working days from dispatch and if you are not in, the plants will be left somewhere safe. It is essential we are given a telephone number to pass onto the courier so they can contact you if necessary.
Zone 0 – Republic of Ireland: £40 up to order value of £160, thereafter £40 + 12.5% of order value over £160
Zone A – Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands: First carton £40.00, subsequent cartons £22.00 each.
Zone B – Austria, Denmark, Italy, Spain: First carton £48.00, subsequent cartons £24.00 each.
Zone C – Czech Rep, Finland, Poland, Portugal, Sweden: First carton £56.00, subsequent cartons £28.00 each.
Zone D – Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Slovak Rep., Switzerland: First carton £72.00, subsequent cartons £30.00 each.
Zone E – Croatia, Cyprus, Greece (mainland), Malta, Romania, Slovenia: First carton £85.00, subsequent cartons £40.00 each.
A note on fireblight buffer zone status
This status allows a nursery like ours to send plants which are susceptible to the disease fireblight to countries and regions free of the disease. Our nursery now has this status, meaning we can send Apples, pears, quinces, juneberries etc. to fireblight free zones in Europe (N.Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Corsica, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Portugal and Spain.)
NOTE: We only use delivery services where the company employs drivers with full employment rights (these are not always cheapest but we think that ethically it is the right thing to do.)
Postage is 30% of books total for UK orders (min £4.50, max £15) , 50% for air mail EU & European orders (min £6) and 75% for air mail overseas orders (min £7.50).
If you are ordering plants as well as publications in the off-season, you will have to option to choose when you want your order to be shipped. Either directly, or later when the plants become available.
You can order seeds online, alternatively you can fax, phone or post orders.
We pride ourselves in supplying seeds which are fresh, viable, and should germinate well, given the right pre-treatment. Many are harvested by us from our own plants. All our seeds are stored in cold, dry conditions to make sure their chances of germination are maximised; none have been treated with fungicides or other chemicals.
We can send seeds anywhere as long as there are no import restrictions and that no phytosanitory certificate is needed – please make sure you are allowed to import the seeds you are ordering:
We cannot send seeds to the USA as they require a phyto certificate.
We can send seed orders to Canada, excluding Berberis, Mahonia, Prunus and Rhamnus seeds. Click here to see the import regulations for plants for Canada.
Postage is £4.50 for UK orders; £6.00 for European overseas orders (up to £50 in value) / £12 (sent tracked for orders over £50 in value); £8.00 for other overseas orders (up to £50 in value) / £15 (sent tracked for orders over £50 in value)
We aim to have the most comprehensive range of fruit and nut plants in Europe. If there is something you want in the way of edible or useful plants that we don’t list, do get in touch – we occasionally have very small numbers of plants which are not listed, or we can sometimes propagate to order.