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Partner planting day gallery: Tom the Apple Man’s fruit tree nursery

The Tree Council

February 16, 2023

As another planting season approaches its end, we were thrilled to be joined by 30 team members from some of our fantastic corporate partners to help Tom the Apple Man establish a new hedge and coppice area at his organic nursery in Oswestry, Shropshire.

The Tree Council buys Tom Adam’s fruit trees for their vigorous and healthy tree stock, which is produced by his excellent care and the nursery’s outstanding certified organic and regenerative practices. These trees will be planted on several of our planting projects, including in schools up and down the country. Teams from Acorn by Synergie, Agrovista, Ground Control, Kind & Co, NFU Mutual, Rathbones, Savills and Witley Jones Furniture, planted over 500 sweet chestnut and cherry trees, which, as well as yielding delicious fruit, will be coppiced to produce nutritious mulch and soil enhancer for future tree planting on the site.

This closed-circle approach ensures that the soil on Tom’s nursery stays healthy, disease-resistant and contains a balance of nutrients, to produce the strongest trees possible. For many of our volunteers on the day, this was their first tree planting experience and we were delighted to share the experience with them! Tom the Apple Man told us: “This was a great day with lots of enthusiastic people helping to plant over 500 trees. We have now created a lovely woodland corridor along a footpath. This coppice will help increase the biodiversity of the nursery and will help with working towards a carbon negative nursery.”

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