The 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.
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.
And the result?
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.
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?
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?
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!
Our 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.
A 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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
We would 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!
A 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.