The Mayor of Worcester yesterday (February 29, 2016) visited one of the UK’s leading nurseries to choose an English Oak tree.
Councillor Roger Knight attended Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford to purchase a replacement tree after the death of a much loved 300-year-old Oak on Torridon Walk Village Green in St Peters, Worcester.
Adam Dunnett, Sales and marketing director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Andrew Congera, our amenity sales manager, also a former resident of St Peters, who is an expert when it comes to Oak trees, assisted Roger and Warwick Neale, head of parks and open spaces at Worcester City Council, with choosing the right tree for the location.
“It was decided that a semi-mature English Oak, Quercus robur, would be perfect and it will be planted by the Mayor of Worcester in Torridon Walk Village Green on Thursday, March 17.
“Quercus robur is probably the most recognised of all our native trees. They are ideally suited to our clay soil making for superb growth. The bark of the tree is deeply grooved and a distinctive dark grey, which gives all year round interest. The branches are also strong and prominent giving the tree its majestic silhouette.”
Quercus robur produce acorns in the autumn, which are a reliable food source for wildlife while the tree itself offers a safe haven.
Cllr Knight explained: “It was a delight to select a replacement following the devastating loss of a much-loved oak, which was one of the best trees in Worcester.
“The new specimen is an excellent choice, which I’m sure will be enjoyed by many generations to come.”
Wyevale Nurseries is one of the largest family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK. It was established in 1930 by Harry Williamson, a horticulturist and entrepreneur. It became the company it is today under the leadership of his son, Peter, who sadly passed away in 2011.
The Williamsons’ saw the opportunity to sell their product to an undeveloped retail market, creating one of the first garden centres, followed by a chain. In 1987, the retail side needed to expand and the 19 garden centres were sold as a PLC.
The family then turned its focus to Wyevale Nurseries Ltd. It continues to be a family-run business with ownership and joint chairmanship currently being held by the third generation, Heather and Simeon Williamson, with plans for the fourth generation to takeover in the future.
Wyevale Nurseries has a significant product range and is regularly introducing new plants. It offers a large variety of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants to garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.