West End Nurseries

Moles Lane, Marldon, Paignton




  • Ornamental Plants
  • Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
  • Climbers
  • Herbaceous Perennials
  • Ornamental Shrubs
  • Trade Only
  • Woodland Perennials
  • Young Plants



                      Phone: +44 (0)1803 873893

                       Email:  sales@westendnurseries.co.uk


Welcome to West End Nurseries – one of the leading liner suppliers in the UK, supplying the trade market.

Our highly trained and motivated team deliver an annual production in the region of 2 million plants from our home in South Devon, England.

Please browse our website to view our full range of plant stock and to find out more about what we can offer.


Our Production
Devon Plant NurseriesThe main site at Moles Lane, Paignton has seen many significant changes over the past few years.
In 2002, our main production was transferred to a centrally placed, purpose built area measuring 375 square metres, giving ease of access to all parts of the nursery.  This has also been helped by operating a one-way system through the new shed.  Handling and setting down of the newly potted plants has been improved by the use of an automatic watering cabinet and a trailor that enables five trolleys to be transported at one time.
With the improved layout we were able to house a Super Javo Potting Machine along with a newly designed hand-potting bench to obtain maximum efficiency.
Extensive trials have seen vast improvement to the quality of the liners by having the growing media mixed to our own specifications by a leading compost producer and transported to us in 2 m3 bulk bags. To cope with the handling of these bulk bags on site, an overhead hoist system has been designed and installed to enable the Javo Hopper and potting bench to be filled with relative ease whilst keeping the system streamlined. We have also recently purchased a bale breaker that allows us to use 3 m3 compressed bales.
To continue moving forward and to continue with our environmental policies, we hope to further previous year’s trials on reducing our peat usage and to maintain our plastic and green waste recycling. 
The despatch team consists of 4 members of staff, which increased up to 10 during the busiest times of the year.  The peak period of the year is between June and September, when we can send up to 6 lorry loads of plants out each week. On average, a Danish trolley will take 500 liners and the majority of lorries we use can take 21 trolleys per load (10,500 liners).
Whilst most of our customers will accept their orders on trolleys, we are still able to supply our smaller customers with their orders in boxes, and have some customers who prefer to collect their orders in person.  Some of the local customers we can arrange to deliver to in our van.
Plant liners are now mostly produced in a P9 pot, which makes them easier to pick as they have more air around each plant, enabling them to get more air / less disease.  They also grow more uniformly, which creates less plant losses.
As well as the P9’s and plugs we also produce some plants in a 1 litre pot, which can be sent with a colour label (if required) that can then go for direct sales (as opposed to being grown on). We also offer colour lock-tie labels for all the range we grow.
We are constantly looking at reducing plastic waste by using re-usable trays, we also send for recycling all our waste trays,pots and tunnel covers.
Pest and Disease Control
Devon Plant NurseriesOver the years the attitude towards controlling pests and diseases has changed dramatically from that of only using chemicals to one of a more integrated approach to the problem.
Since 1999, we have been 100% integrated pest management compatible and we have had excellent results by using more eco-friendly methods of controlling pests and diseases.
As more and more chemicals are withdrawn from sale and more customers want plants grown with the use of harmful chemicals, we have had to look at these biological products to help and in some cases actually improve the quality of control.
Though initially the costs of implementing programmes were high, they have come down as we become more and more used to using them. Of course, as we are no longer using harmful chemicals the benefits to our workers and the environment (naturally occurring predators are being found on site) are enormous.
As well as using the predators and less harmful chemicals, we are also using more cultural methods to help reduce the conditions needed for pest and disease growth.
In the near future we will be looking at introducing more plant stimulants, beneficial fungi and also any other new products to help the plants combat pests and diseases.

The van Delft family started selling plants from the nursery at Newton Abbot in 1961.  Since then West End Nurseries has continued to propagate cuttings, seeds and grafts of shrubs and climbers from the same site.  In 1966, the main nursery site at Marldon was purchased.  This has helped to build the business up to be the specialist Liner producer that it is today.
With an annual production of 2 million plants, and sales across the UK and Europe, it was becoming increasingly more difficult to propagate effectively from the nursery at Newton Abbot.  It was quite clear that the business was unable to expand without a significant investment in new facilities.  In 1999, our neighbour at Marldon put their redundant tomato nursery up for sale.  This was the opportunity that could not be missed.  When the sale was complete, the planning of the new propagation unit began.  Planning permissions to build a new glasshouse was finally approved in July 2000. The unit has a capacity to propagate over 3.5 million plants – nearly double the current peak production in the same area with fewer staff.
Specific attention was given to the environmental impact the new unit would have, efficiency of electricity, fuel and water resources were of paramount importance.  The new unit was also designed to minimise staff movements and ease the flow of plant movements.  Much of the technology was taken from the pot plant industry as there are not many systems specifically designed for the nursery stock and particularly the liner propagation industry.
The process of weaning and setting down rooted cuttings was an area of the business that used to be very labour intensive on the old nursery.  With the ability to move over 3500 cuttings on each bench in the new unit at any one time, this process dramatically reduced the labour input to the point that it is no longer considered a significant task.  All the rooted cuttings are now maintained by the propagation team until the production team require them for potting.  This has significantly improved the efficiency of the production team; it also helps them to remain on target (increased potting targets have been set.
It has not all been plain sailing for the propagation team.  Getting used to greater light levels, warmer temperatures and better air flows are all elements that have had to be learned and managed in the new unit.  Entering the information into the computer has also added to the learning curve.  Despite these problems and the usual propagation issues, the team has overcome the hurdles one-by-one.
Flexibility to develop new ranges and greater volumes more efficiently and also the reduction in costs will ensure that West End Nurseries remains competitive in the future.

Nursery Management
Over the past years West End Nurseries has grown in size and has increased its production to over 2 million liners and jumbo liners.  Some of the new growing area is not for extra production, but to accommodate the change in pot size, which has greatly increased the area needed to grow the same number of plants.  However, the nursery has now reached its maximum size, so a different approach to growing crops has had to be taken.
Devon Plant NurseriesIn order to grow more plants and to satisfy customer delivery dates, plants are now grown in smaller batches.  Not only does this give you something of everything to sell, it also keeps crops fresh and juvenile.  Smaller batches and tighter pot dates have made the nursery production management more difficult.  Also stock levels are crucial, as over production of a crop puts added pressure on space.
To help us overcome these problems, West End Nurseries has invested in an up to date computer system, which makes stock taking and order collection a much simpler task.  This system also includes a small hand held remote unit.  This can be used out on the nursery for stocktaking and stock movements and then returned to the office for downloading onto the main system.  The advantages of this are less time is spent on paper copies of stocktakes and stock movements and information on the computer are updated quicker, meaning less time for problems to happen while the information is in limbo.
Accurate stock levels and quality plants help us to keep despatches running efficiently and customers better informed.  In the future West End Nurseries hope still to move this forward by investing time and money in the right places.



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