TREE PRICES PRUNED
Local tree lovers can take advantage of some special end of summer offers.
The Mercaston Tree Company in Ednaston near Ashbourne is clearing some of its stocks of mature and semi-mature trees in readiness for the busy October planting season.
Besides enjoying a stroll round the 6-acre nursery site, visitors will be able to take advantage of up to 20% off the price of traditional and continental trees including palms, bamboos, grasses, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolia.
The Mercaston Tree Company is one of the UKs largest importer of rare trees, shrubs and topiary, ideal for landscaping projects of all sizes and budgets.
Opened in May this year by Monty Don from BBC TV’s Gardeners World, the Mercaston Tree Company has quickly established itself as the areas leading tree specialist. General Manager, Madeleine Thacker said, ‘The interest from the horticultural trade has been tremendous and everyone has also been able to take advantage of our wholesale trade prices.
‘Some customers even return just to take in the beauty of the terraces of exotic trees and shrubs we have on display.’
As well as supplying and delivering the trees the company offers expert advice on suitability, preparation, and care of their trees. A full planting service is available to all areas of the UK.
The Derbyshire Agricultural and Horticultural Society honored the Mercaston Tree Company at its recent Show. Judges at The Derbyshire County Show awarded the tree company third place in the Best Trade Stand category.
Madeleine Thacker, manager of Mercaston Trees said, ‘It came as a complete surprise to us. We had no idea that we were in the running for a prize. If we’d have known, perhaps we could have gone that one step further and scooped the first prize.’
The judges were particularly impressed with the natural displays of mature and semi-mature trees, shrubs and topiary which have made The Mercaston Tree Company so successful.
Madeleine added, ‘I’m sure the fine weather helped because our trees and shrubs look their best when the sunshine highlights their natural beauty.’
Visitors to the stand were able to pick up Mercaston Tree Company discount vouchers so watch this space for news of other events.
Mercaston Tree Company is proud to announce their new intake of stock for the spring. The new intake is a range of different plants with over forty differing species. The bulk of the foreign intake are rhododendrons and azaleas with over 35 and 10 species respectively. The new additions to the already large product list show the depth at which the Mercaston Tree Company are aiming at.
For more information on the new intake of stock please contact the nursery
Mercaston Tree Companys stock is stolen
Thieves got into the Mercaston Tree Company, in Hollington Lane, between 5pm on Wednesday and 8am on Thursday by climbing over a gate.
Although the number of trees taken is not yet known, it is estimated that between £20,000 and £30,000 of stock is missing.
Among the items taken were bonsai trees worth £600 each, and larger specimens, which can fetch up to £3,000.
Also taken was a 300-year-old Bonsai Olive and rare monkey-puzzle trees.
The crooks also snatched unique topiary, including jumping horses, which were a one of from Italy, and 6ft lamps.
Manager Madeleine Thacker believes the thieves knew exactly what they were looking for and may even have been on the premises as legitimate customers during the day to check where the items were. She also believes the trees may have been stolen to order as they would be difficult to sell due to their unique nature. She said, “we were expecting to come in to devastation from the high winds, not from human beings damaging the trees.”
Several trees were left damaged on the floor, which Mrs Thacker believes were dumped because they were too heavy to carry over the gate. She said, “They caused £5,000 damage to a bonsai they tried to steal, which was too heavy. There were several things that they tried to take, then taken them out of their pots and removed the soil to make them lighter.”
Mrs Thacker said there must have been several raiders due to the weight of the plants and that they must have used a large van. She said the only place a van could have parked was in the lane outside the business and is now appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact the police.
She is also urging people to keep an eye out for any unusual trees being offered for sale. She said: “We are offering a £5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the people who did this.”
Anyone with information is asked to telephone Pc Wendy Foxon at Ashbourne police on 0845 1233333 or Crimestoppers, which is free and confidential, on 0800 555111.