Nurseries – Scotland

‘Plants with Purpose’ and ‘Appletreeman’ can both be found at and between them supply many useful plants for the forest garden. They are based in Perthshire.

Poyntzfield Herb Nursery are another useful Scottish supplier, based in the Black Isle.

Graham Bell is a long-established Scottish forest gardener, based in the Borders, who now sells forest garden plants through The Red Shed Catalogue.

Privick Mill Nursery in Ayrshire have a good range of unusual fruits. They tell me that last year’s bad summer limited their range a bit, so they are currently only selling through their Amazon page and on eBay.

Ann Miller’s Speciality Mushrooms is the place to go for mushroom spawn.

Kevock Garden Plants and the Cally Gardens mostly supply ornamental plants but their range includes some that are useful for the forest garden.

Nurseries – UK

The Agroforestry Research Trust have the UK’s widest range of forest garden plants.

Phil Corbett’s Cool Temperate nursery is just outside Nottingham and has a good selection of trees and soft fruit. It is also the home of the eagerly (and long) awaited Own Root Fruit Tree project, producing fruit trees grown on their own roots rather than grafted onto rootstocks.

Edulis is in Berkshire.

The Kore Wild Fruit Nursery in Wales has very wide range of fruit.

Crûg Farm, also in Wales, do ornamental plus some useful species for the forest garden.


The Agroforestry Research Trust and Edulis also do seeds.

All the following companies do ornamentals as well as useful species.

B&T World Seeds are based in France and carry a huge range of seeds. If you can’t find it anywhere else, try B&T.

Chiltern Seeds are based in Cumbria and also have a very wide range. Where B&T and Chiltern both have a variety, Chiltern is usually cheaper for UK delivery. Their catalogue is worth getting for its entertainment value alone.

Gardens North specialise in seeds for northern gardens. They are based in Nova Scotia, Canada.

7 thoughts on “Suppliers

  1. Hi Alan
    just found your blog! great stuff!
    we played a game of risk together with some shared planet folk in… 2002? 🙂
    i only discovered permaculture in 2008… have been doing this work in Luxembourg for a while:
    All the best!

    • i didn’t like risk. only time i played in my life. 😉 hope you’re well.
      are you working as a gardener full time?

      • I usually enjoy Risk but I seem to remember that game wasn’t much fun – it can be taken too seriously! I’m working doing a mixture of forestry and gardening. I got quite involved in community-run greenspace, so that takes a fair bit of my time – quite a lot of it voluntary.

        Hope you’re well too.

  2. Hi there! Reading through your blog, little by little, there is so much information, very useful, thank you very much! I would like to let you know of some suppliers I have found, which are not on your list: Pennard Plants, i think they are based in Somerset and they have quite a few perennial edibles, I am up in Yorkshire and so far all the plants I bought have survived up here! Also in France, Pépinière Eric Deloulay has a very extensive range of perennial vegetables, heirloom varieties as well as medicinal plants (no seeds though). I am French so it helps but give me a shout if you want to order from them and get stuck! I have just ordered perpetual leeks from them as I couldn’t find any in the UK, hopefully They will grow and I can share with you next year!

    • Hi Sarah. I’m glad you’re finding it useful. I got my Daubenton’s kale from Pépinière Eric Deloulay and he’s listed in the article on that plant. Luckily my high-school French was enough and I didn’t accidentally order something else!

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