- build soil
- save you money
- build habitat
- increase health and wellbeing
- help to build community
At Wishtree Agroforestry and Permaculture Centre we are growing a wide variety of exciting, edible and useful perennial plants, including nitrogen fixing trees and shrubs. We grow from seed or by cuttings on our 5 acre smallholding using beyond organic methods, with permaculture techniques and nature as our guide. We do not use any chemical fertilisers or herbicides. Pests and Predatory insects are welcome in our nursery as this helps to build up our ecosystem and ensures plants are strong and healthy before they leave us.
Through continued active observation, we are learning to work with nature, experimenting with what grows well in the wet, damp and windy conditions of our site and the local area. After several years of experimenting with what does well and what is too time consuming to work with, we are able to grow good selection of species.
We keep our costs to a minimum using resources from the site to help get our seedlings off to a good start. For example we use molehills and leaf mould, mixed together as potting compost. We sow our seeds this way and continue this method as they grow, only using processed compost if the moles have taken a holiday or resources are not available this way. We will use compost when selling our plants to prevent the spread of unwanted ‘weed’ seeds. We aim to keep a closed loop system in practice by not bringing in any external resources unless necessary, even then we aim for recycled or organic materials such as New Horizon compost.
Our nursery also helps with our design consultancy, using what we grow in our Edible Garden Designs, offering clients the opportunity to buy from us, knowing the origin and welfare of the plants they will grow in their garden and eventually the food they will eat. It also helps us to keep our costs down by not having to buy in seed or plants from other suppliers, although we occasionally do this to increase the gene pool of the varieties we grow. Again these will be from natural or organic growers. We are not particular about native species being the only things we grow as we believe in diversity, after all birds migrate and leave us the occasional new self seeded plant or two.
Please contact us for details on our consultancy.
Our plants are available to order direct from the nursery. A list of what will be available will be included on our website in the Spring but we are able to take orders now for sowing requirements. Please contact us for more details and a stock & price list.
Our nursery is small but our yield is great!