- Ornamental Plants
- Ornamental Trees and Shrubs
- Herbaceous Perennials
- Ornamental Shrubs
- Trade Only
- Woodland Perennials
- Young Plants
Phone: +44 (0)1803 873893
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.
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.
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