Green Mile Trees on the road in 2018


Most people don’t get to see trees on the nursery.  That’s why sometimes, we have to bring them to you!  This year, we are attending three events across the calendar – one for the private estate, home owner and landscaper; one for the trade buyer and one for the landowner and agricultural fraternity.

Dates for your Green Mile Trees Diary 2018

  • RHS Chatsworth – Chatsworth House, Derbyshire DE45 1PN – 6-10th June 2018 – Book tickets here
  • Four Oaks Trade Show – Four Oaks Nurseries, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DU –  4-5th September 2018  – Find out more here
  • Southwell Ploughing Match & Show – Nottinghamshire, NG23 6DZ – Date to be confirmed

See you there!

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

Our trees, your landscape

Whilst we know it is impressive to stand on the nursery, marvelling at lines and lines of superb large trees as far as the eye can see, you might not be able to picture the difference just one or two of these fine specimens might make in a finished garden or landscape.  That’s why we’re sharing one of our latest collaborations – trees grown, selected and supplied by Green Mile Trees to one of our landscaper customers.

Create a screen, plant a boundary, make a statement – selecting and planting mature trees gives you the instant impact and quick establishment that you need for your clients.

Create a screen, plant a boundary, make a statement: Mature Trees

A strong relationship between grower and landscaper

We work closely with a number of garden designers and landscapers.  These photos show how a strong relationship between the landscape designer and grower can achieve great results.  The majority of these plants and trees have been supplied by Green Mile Trees over the past 10 years – expertly maintained by one of our long-standing landscaper clients, All Year Ground.

First class mature trees for first class landscapes

Looking for inspiration for your landscape or garden client?  Here are a few varieties that are firm favourites with our landscaper and design customers.  You can always check out our Showcase and download a stocklist for the full picture:

  • Abies
  • Amelanchier
  • Betula jacquemontii
  • Carpinus
  • Catalpa
  • Cornus
  • Eleagnus
  • Photinia red robin
  • Pinus
  • Prunus serrula

*CANCELLED* Southwell Ploughing Match and Show 2017


**UPDATE 28 SEPTEMBER 2017: Following a health and safety inspection of the grounds, it has been decided that the forthcoming show will be cancelled. **

It’s here again – one of our favourite events on our Green Mile travels: the Southwell Ploughing Match and Show, Kirklington, Nottinghamshire.    We’ll be on hand with a whole host of large trees, hedging and topiary options for visitors on Saturday 30 September 2017.

If you’re interested in a veritable feast of agricultural excellence (with horses, ploughing matches and local food, crafts and shopping), join us and over 10,000 visitors at the end of the month.

Southwell Ploughing Match and Show 2017

Where: Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, NG22 8NX

When: Saturday 30th September 2017.  From 8.30am to 6.00pm


Work with us: Your next step in your career in horticulture

Join the Green Mile Trees Team

We have a great team behind us at Green Mile Trees, working for a long-established, professional family business, growing and maintaining trees, shrubs, hedging and topiary.



We are looking to add to our production team.  If you relish the chance to work outdoors, have a full driving license, can operate and maintain machinery and are not afraid of hard, physical work in all weathers.  please get in touch.  For a full job description and further information, please email us.  **FEBRUARY 2018**

If you are looking for a career in horticulture, love working outdoors and aren’t afraid of the physical work involved in growing, lifting and caring for large trees – get in touch now.

Standing tall and proud at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

The first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

A new event in the RHS calendar and in a spectacular setting in the grounds of Chatsworth House, we were privileged to be able to display our mature trees at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this month (7-11 June 2017).  A fantastic opportunity to meet so many garden enthusiasts at once, we really enjoyed the experience plus there was a superb array of stalls, stands and displays of interest.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

Hard work, this exhibition lark…!

We were greeted by a healthy amount of visitors to have a look at our larger trees in containers, with some faces we knew and some we were meeting for the first time.  Topics on people’s lips were hedge planting and mature tree planting – both of which we could cater for.  Our Cornus Kousa ‘Milky Way’ shrub was a real head-turner and drew a large amount of interest from those passing by.

The UK weather threw everything at us – rain, high winds and a fair spattering of sunshine – but overall, the UK horticultural world shone brightly – particularly those designers and landscapers who created some stunning gardens.  We would also like to extend our hearty congratulations to Lee Bestall for winning a Silver Gilt for his excellent planting scheme, too.

Where to next? Catch up with us on show at Fouroaks (5 & 6 September) and Southwell Ploughing Match (30 September).

The height of garden brilliance | Green Mile Trees at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 | A chance to share our range of large trees

You can find us right in the heart of the brand new RHS Chatsworth Show from 7-11 June 2017 on Stand CHW/241. Everything you’d expect from your trusted grower and supplier of large container trees for gardens, estates and landscapes – and always a little bit more. Meet Chris, Xanthe, Paul and the team and find out how we will fit it all in!  Large container trees, topiary, hedging, shrubs and conifers – a real “tall” order!  We hope to see you at the show.

Watering Trees: When, where, why and how much?

Watering trees for long-lasting healthy establishment

You’ve invested in some beautiful trees, lovingly planted them. Now what?  Don’t give into one of the biggest causes of tree failure by leaving your trees to fend for themselves once they’re in the ground.  Like most things in life, they need a little commitment in their early days and this will pay you back with healthy, well-established trees in the long run.  All they need from you is a little time, water and consideration.

We’ve come up with the Three Ws of Watering:


Watering Trees WhenIf you’ve planted during the winter, there is usually little need to water.  If it’s spring and your new tree is in full leaf, water it at least once a week.  A good rule of thumb is four cans per square metre.  This will give you a thorough wet tree zone around the roots.  You can usually tell by feeling how damp the soil is around the tree – if it’s been a really dry spell, you may want to up it to a twice weekly soak.  Don’t just rely on rainfall as it may not be absorbed by the soil.  Make sure you scrape back any leaves or mulch and feel the soil to check.  Reduce the water in your tree’s 2nd and 3rd years to encourage its roots to support themselves.


Watering Trees tree on a hillKnow your soil type too, as that has an effect on the absorption of your watering by the soil around your tree’s roots.  Exposed sites with sandy soil?  A little thirstier than a sheltered clay soil site.


aftercare for treesA thick organic mulch layer (10-15cm) will help keep the moisture where it’s needed – think bark chips or compost.  You get bonus nutrients seeping in from this organic matter and it helps suppress the weeds, too.  No competition for water, please!

For the full lowdown on aftercare, check our Help and FAQ section.

May 2017

Easter Opening Times at Green Mile Trees

Happy Easter from Green Mile Trees

Easter at Green Mile Trees

As you know, we are open by appointment only throughout the week and Saturday mornings.  As Easter approaches, we are open this week until Thursday 13th April as usual. On Friday 14th, we’re open from 8am to midday, Saturday 15th from 8am to midday and we are closed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Normal service resumes on Tuesday 18th April 2017.

Happy Easter from the Green Mile Trees team

A Tree Nursery | Lifting, pleaching, potting and planting

A Day in the Life of a Tree Nursery in February

What happens on a tree nursery in February?  Plenty.


Our lifting season has been a busy one, with countless birch, oaks and ornamental cherries making up the bulk of our daily lifting plans.

Lifting Green Mile Trees


A superb skill for our nursery to boast, and with the pick of the stock to choose from, we’ve also been prepping and taming our pleached trees into frames, ready to fulfil the continued demand we have been enjoying across all of our pleached varieties so far this season.

Pleaching Green Mile Trees


The new container unit is ready to take on its new tenants so we have been picking and potting and preparing the lines for the new tree stocks.

Potting Green Mile Trees


An endless cycle of pick, pot and plant, we have a new field to prepare.  Looks a lonely place right now but come the Spring, our newly planted stock will take pride of place.  Onwards and upwards!

Planting Green Mile Trees


February 2017

Autumn and lifting trees | Giving a lift to your landscape

lifting trees 2017As the first of our field-grown trees are being lifted by the Green Mile nursery team, it seems the perfect time to show you around the nursery in its full autumn glory.    The team will soon be out in force, but in the meantime, have a sneak peek around GMT HQ in Nottinghamshire in our latest Youtube video.

We’ve a little update on some development news too – plans are afoot.  You can view our latest drive-by Youtube upload:

What will you plant this bare root season?

November 2016

Next stop – Southwell Ploughing Match 2016

The Green Mile Trees Roadshow | Southwell Ploughing Match 2016

Hot on the heels of our horticultural excursion to Four Oaks Trade Show and some excellent networking and business opportunities, we are on the road again this week.  But this time, we’re heading deep into agriculture at the Southwell Ploughing Match and Show, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire.  An ever-present event now in our show calendar, we’ll be setting up our backdrop of big trees and welcoming visitors on Saturday 24 September.

The event, an agricultural feast for the family and all fans of the rural life, the show encompasses horses, ploughing matches and local food, crafts and shopping.  We’re expecting over 10,000 visitors to “trot” past our trade stand if past shows are anything to go by.

Fancy it?

Southwell Ploughing Match 2016 1

Picture courtesy of Southwell Agricultural Society

Southwell Ploughing Match 2016 2

Picture courtesy of Southwell Agricultural Society

September 2016

New BALI Affiliate Members: Green Mile Trees | Suppliers of large trees for landscaping

Joining the best in the British Landscape

As proud new BALI Affiliate members of BALI – British Association of Landscape Industries, we continue to grow and supply the best British trees for the best British landscapers.  To herald this fact, we’ve gained some coverage in the landscaping press.  Thanks to BALI News for the write-up and support – the first of many, we hope!

bali affiliate members 1 bali affiliate members 2

September 2016

Who’s up for Four Oaks 2016? We are!

Green Mile Trees Four Oaks 2016 Stand OP26

Green Mile Four Oaks

Green Mile at Four Oaks in 2015

Pruning, caning, tying and a full programme of tree husbandry is under our belts already this Summer.  We’d better get busy and start shouting about all the fantastic stock we have here on the nursery, right?!

Where shall we start? How about the Four Oaks Trade Show on the 6-7th September 2016 in Macclesfield.

We’ve been exhibiting at the show for 7 years and will once again be taking up our outside pitFour Oaks 2016ch forming a glorious backdrop for the show-of-all-shows in the UK horticultural calendar.  At the Cash and Carry of the same name, the Four Oaks Show is a commercial horticultural show now in its 46th year.  In the immediate sights of the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope, the show area covers an area of 17,000m² under glass but it’s outside where you’ll find us on Stand OP26.  More room, fresh air, and a whole host of our stunning stock and specimens to showcase.  And you get Chris, Xanthe and Paul from the Green Mile team as an added bonus!

We’ll be there to talk all things Tree on the 6th and 7th September.  You can’t miss Green Mile Trees – we stand head-and-shoulders above the rest!

August 2016

Green Mile Trees on the road | Horticultural Shows 2016

East Midlands Flower Show Newstead Abbey

horticultural shows 2016 Newstead Abbey

GMT at Newstead Abbey in June

Horticultural Shows 2016: Meeting our Customers

The Green Mile Trees team have been busy these past few weeks, both on the nursery and in preparation for some super shows and exhibitions across the horticultural calendar.  Fresh from our presence at the East Midlands Flower Show at Newstead Abbey, we’re already gearing up for forthcoming events and we will have more opportunities to showcase our trees and stock to agricultural and horticultural audiences.

The East Midlands Flower Show is set in the grounds of the picturesque Abbey and we were blessed with decent weather to bring out the crowds and make the Show a great success.

If you’d like to catch up with us on the road this season, we’ll be at the Four Oaks Trade Show on the 6-7th September 2016 in Macclesfield and Southwell Ploughing Match and Show on 24 September 2016 at the Oxton Estate in Nottinghamshire.

July 2016

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 Winners

We would like to congratulate Lee Bestall and his team at Inspired Garden Design on winning a Silver Medal for their Urban Connections Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

We supplied them with these beautiful 20-25 Betula Jacquemontii. The bark was cleaned and painted here at Green Mile Trees and then transported to Chelsea. Here’s a few photos we wanted to share with you!

June 2016

Container Trees Drive-By

Ever wondered what we look like close-up? Here’s a little snapshot – 40 seconds of drive-by, deep in the tree lines in Nottinghamshire.  Can you spot one of our Green Mile clan in the background halfway through?

May 2016

Green Mile Trees Checklist | May 2016

We’ve newly-planted trees a-plenty after a busy few weeks’ tending and replenishing tree stocks for the seasons to come.

So what next? Sit back and rest on our laurels? Lie back and think of England?  Time out? Feet up? Erm….no.

We’re well on top of our trees checklist for May after our regime of pruning newly planted stock and spraying.  So it’s full throttle forward into potting, with shrubs, multi-stems and trees all being prepared for sale all day, every day


May 2016

Tree Planting | Eat. Sleep. Tree. Repeat


eatsleeptreerepeat1The toils of a tree grower are pretty much never-ending.  Like the proverbial Forth Bridge, we’re back on the tree planting trail again as we continue to lift and sell trees this season. Our production team are now at full pace, planting stocks of new trees in open-ground here in Nottinghamshire.

These newly-planted trees will be ready for sale in 2019, so that’s their care and maintenance committed to for the next 3 years, too.  So that’s 10,000 newly-planted trees, every inch of 6 acres of ground covered, sweat, tears (oh yes) and a broad mix of tree varieties, conifers, multi-stems and whips.  That will keep the Green Mile customers well-fuelled in trees for their future planting plans.

Eat. Sleep. Tree. Repeat.

April 2016

Trees are good

Trees. Sometimes you hardly notice they’re there, as you’re so accustomed to the lush green avenues in our cities, or the hedgerows that line our country roads, peppered with mature trees. But what if they weren’t there?

Without our lungs, breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide, we’d collapse – we simply couldn’t survive. Think of our trees as the Earth’s green lungs – filtering out all the impurities and turning carbon dioxide into clean, pure oxygen. The more we plant, the stronger this carbon cycle, and the greater the wildlife habitat, replenishing and rejuvenating nature and helping keep our climate healthy.

Not only are trees beautiful (we wouldn’t swap the British countryside for anything) and they clean the air, but they have can improve our health and reduce crime, too. Studies show a patient gazing onto a green, lush vista filled with trees helps them heal faster. A natural, green environment helps concentration and reduces fatigue, too.

Consider our urban environments – what would you rather see in our cities? A bare, barren wasteland or a parkland, planted public space or an avenue of trees? Not only do planted neighbourhoods have lower crime rates, people gain a greater sense of pride in their community if their landscape is tended and natural.

Throw in the economic benefits of timber production, wood for fuel and crafts. Think of how trees can be a simple and effective source of income by planting on unused and uninhabitable land. A woodland can cost less to manage than open space, too. Our humble trees become of vital importance in the well-being of our health, economy and sustainable outlook.

Put simply:

And the result?

trees are good

A new tractor makes everyone smile :-)

Everyone loves a new bit of kit, and we’re no different.

The Green Mile Production Crew have been enjoying the full benefits of their brand new Avant 420 Loader this lifting season.  For the techies amongst you, that means a lift capacity of 550 kg, a 20 hp diesel engine, a lift height of 2.8 metres and a maximum speed of 12 km per hour.  Phew.

You saw how we lift, twist and load – this tractor now brings some extra oomph for getting our trees out of the rows quickly, safely and efficiently.  The trees are put on to the trailer and taken to the yard.  There, they either loaded delivery or collected by a customer with their own vehicles.  Either way, a new toy <ahem> tractor, has made the team smile.

Working well and making the lifting of heavy trees a breeze, we bought this from Fentons of Bourne. Smiles all round.

March 2016

Lift ’em, twist ’em, load ’em

We’ve been lifting, twisting and loading since November (with the odd day off for good behaviour).  All the trees that have been lifted from our nursery are now taking pride of place in someone’s landscape, garden, park or public open spaces.  And you know what the weather’s been like this season: peculiarly warm start but otherwise wet, windy and wearisome.  That leaves us with wet, heavy soil which makes for extra fun when lifting.

In amongst the wet and the wind, we’ve kept tabs on our total lift and it’s well over 7,000 trees.  That’s an average of 80 a day but some days we’ve reached as many as 150. Phew.

The 8-strong production team help lift, twist and load the trees, some over 5 metres in height, using specialist rootball and bare root tree lifting equipment.  Here they are in action – imagine this 150 times per day?!

With around 6-8 weeks left of lifting, will your trees be on our lifting list this season?

February 2016

An up-lifting experience: Tree lifting at Green Mile Trees

Is it that time already? Yes, we have lift-off!  The tree lifting season is here.   And that means that the weather has allowed us to start lifting our trees out of the ground and to get them prepped and dispatched for pastures (and gardens…and parks…and estates…and landscapes) new.

Traditionally from around the start of November, when temperatures have dropped and the first inkling of frost has taken hold, trees can be lifted as they’re no longer “growing”.  Don’t worry, they’re still alive – but dormant, just like a hibernating creature.  And that means ALL SYSTEMS GO on the nursery here at Green Mile because you want your big trees right now, right?

tree lifting

We’ve been known to lift in the region of 150 trees from the ground on a busy day – and that’s no mean feat when you’re a team of 8 people and some of your trees are over 5 metres tall!  Luckily we’ve some pretty sturdy machinery on hand to assist (and some pretty sturdy members of the Production team, too!) with a Holmac used for lifting rootballed trees and a Damcon Sidelifter for bare-rooted varieties.

So, when you drop your order to us by email or phone – what happens next?

  • Your order is confirmed and created in the office.
  • These are then collated and given to the Nursery Production team who plan and schedule their day’s lifting programme and lift the trees.
  • The lifting baton is then passed to the Nursery Despatch team to organise into orders and prepare for deliveries or customers who are collecting from site.
  • And that’s repeated 6 days a week, every week (give or take a little Christmas break) until the lifting season finishes towards the end of March – whatever the weather conditions!

November 2015

Technical and practical tree care skills in the Green Mile team

Simon HallOur team may be small but their knowledge, skills and horticultural experience is vast.  Simon Hall is a superb example of this.  Simon joined our production team straight from school 26 years ago.  With hands-on technical and practical training from our Managing Director, Christopher Scott, Simon was primed with all the nursery production skills necessary for producing and maintaining the highest quality tree stock.


Honing and developing these skills for Green Mile over a quarter of a century, Simon is now responsible for all of the pruning and shaping of our mature trees and is an absolutely vital part of what we do here at Green Mile Trees.

September 2015


Ploughing on with our Show Schedule | Southwell Ploughing Match and Show

15214758698_fe04fe0619_zSouthwell Ploughing MatchA highlight of the East Midlands farming calendar, the Southwell Ploughing Match and Show 2015 takes place once again on Saturday 26 September 2015 at Oxton Estate, Nottinghamshire.

The Show boasts a bursting timeline featuring the renowned ploughing match, farmers market, craft fairs and livestock.

There is also a well-attended trade fair for those sourcing rural, farming and countryside products and services – and that’s where you’ll find us!  Green Mile Trees will be exhibiting at the Show for those planning their tree, shrub and hedge planting for the forthcoming season.

Book online now – ready, steady….PLOUGH!

September 2015

Four Oaks | Green Mile Trees on Show


Thanks to all who visited our display at Four Oaks Trade Show last week (September 2015).  It was a great opportunity to meet many of our existing customers and allowed us to gain some good exposure to new and potential buyers of mature trees, specimen shrubs and the more specialist topiary and hedging.

If you missed us at Four Oaks, you can catch up with us at our next event – Landscape Live – on October 6th at Yorkshire County Cricket Ground in Headingley, Leeds.Landscape Live 2015

September 2015


It’s….showtime! We’re at Four Oaks Trade Show 2015

We’re at Four Oaks Trade Show 2015 this year, with an outside pitch on Stand OP26 so that we can display our selection of large trees in their full majesty.  Chris Scott and the team will be on hand to discuss your forthcoming planting and purchasing requirements, too.  We’ll also have an array of shrubs, hedging, conifers and topiary for you to view.

With the fantastic support of the rest of the Green Mile Trees team, it’s bound to be a success – and we’d love to share it with you!

You can pre-register to save you any hassle on the gate and, after you covered the 17,000 square metres of exhibition space, there’s plenty of refreshments on site, too.
Look out for us on Stand OP26 (outside – remember, some of our trees are BIG!)  In fact, preparations are already well underway, selecting trees and keeping stock in fine fettle over the summer weeks…

Selecting trees for Four Oaks Trade Show 2015

August 2015

Chelsea winners!

inspired gardens logoWe wwalkers nurseries logoould like to congratulate 2 Chelsea Gold Medal winners – garden designers, Graham Bodle of Walkers Nurseries & Lee Bestall of Inspired Gardens.  We are very glad to be one of your regular suppliers!

June 2015

Trimming topiary: Our trees in tip-top condition on the nursery

At this time of year, our nursery team are primed for tree care. Steven, one of the nursery production team here at Green Mile, is focussed on trimming topiary along the lines.

trimming topiary

Steven trimming topiary in the July sunshine

In your garden, topiary brings shape, form and structure throughout the year and is a good way of adding distinctive shapes and character.

On the nursery, we keep our topiary in shape at this time of year with a quick all-over snip.  It’s the perfect time from June – any earlier and you risk bruising the foliage. The leaves are now hard and leathery and if necessary, we might give them a second pass in the Summer.

With practice, pruning topiary is simple.  We use hand held shears for a clean finish and we aren’t too harsh in our trimming, allowing for growth and reshaping if necessary.  In your own garden and topiary endeavours, just remember to step back regularly to check for evenness and shape – one snip too many and there’s no turning back!

So, whether it’s shapes, spirals, boxes, balls, clouds you’re after – have a look through our topiary selection and contact us today.

July 2015

Going the extra mile – our new website

Green Mile Trees new websiteA new website?! Let’s take a look

Launched in June 2015, our brand new website is ready and waiting for you.  Bursting with all of the information you need to select your trees, shrubs and plants for the forthcoming season, the new site has a fresh look and slicker navigation.  With the new format, we can keep the site loaded with plant and company news so you’ll be back again and again.

Feedback is always welcome, so if you want to share a comment or two, hit the Contact Us page – it’d be great to hear from you.

May 2015