These blog posts are produced by James Scott, Garden Company MD and Principal Designer:
'Creating beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy is very rewarding. The purpose of this blog is for me to share some reflections on our work and our industry with you. Your comments and views in return are very welcome indeed'.

National Tree Week, 29th November – 7th December

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National Tree Week, 29th November – 7th December

Malus 'Evereste'

Malus ‘Evereste’

Our clients often ask us for advice on tree planting and maintenance. As we approach National Tree Week http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/ I thought I would share some thoughts about trees with you. Firstly, a Greek proverb - ‘A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in’.  It’s vitally important that our trees and woodland areas are kept in good health and can be enjoyed by future generations. With tales of rainforest deforestation coming from so far away, it can be easy to forget that we can make a difference here at home. I strongly believe that being in a woodland has a strong and beneficial emotional effect on people. One of the great joys of my job is being able to plant so many trees. The tree that always seems to be top of my planting list when a smaller tree is required at the moment is Malus Evereste, a lovely variety of ornamental crab apple. I like it because because it has three distinct seasons of interest, lovely flowers, late Summer fruit, Autumn colour and I still like the tracery of the branches in the Winter. It’s also really good for attracting birds to the garden.

And finally, another proverb (this time Chinese) -‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now’.  We offer tree surgery services and specialist advice on choosing the right type of trees for your garden throughout the South East of England, please see www.thegardenco.co.uk

or call 01442 832666 for more information.