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World’s largest flower about to bloom in Sylvamix®

2015-06-29
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Titan arum, the world’s largest flower – and possibly its smelliest – is about to bloom at the Eden Project. Grown in Melcourt Sylvamix®,  the flower attracts insects by emitting the smell of rotting flesh. The corm weighs a staggering 35kgs and as at 26th June the flower stood at 91cms. You can follow its progress and…

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Our MD calls for more forestry planting to include conifers

2015-06-17
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An article in Horticulture Week entitled ‘Softwood felled for plant health doubles’ (Horticulture Week 29 May 2015) prompted our managing director Andy Chalmers to write to editor Kate Lowe to highlight a current and extremely serious issue affecting UK Forestry and future timber supply. Andy highlighted the fact that the current level of new woodland…

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Michelle goes local with SylvaGrow®

2015-05-28
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Freelance writer Michelle Chapman is based in Chippenham and runs http://vegplotting.blogspot.co.uk. She came to see is a while back and, after her visit and undertaking her own trials, wrote the following about Melcourt and SylvaGrow®. You can see more of her blog and see some pictures from her visit here “Like many gardeners I try…

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A golden day for Sylvamix growers – and silver, and silver gilt!

2015-05-19
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The medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show feature a number of nurseries who use Melcourt Sylvamix® Growing media. So, hearty congratulations to the following who won the medals shown • Binny Plants – SILVER GILT • Bluebell Cottage Gardens – SILVER • Claire Austin Hardy Plants Ltd – GOLD • David Austin Roses Ltd – GOLD • Hoyland Plant Centre  SILVER GILT…

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Howard Nurseries & National Collection Sir Cedric Morris Irises at RHS Chelsea attract the BBC’s attention…

2015-05-13
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At Melcourt we are proud to have played a special role in Sarah Cook’s Sir Cedric Morris Irises stand at RHS Chelsea 2015 both as sponsors and suppliers. Our professional peat-free growing medium Sylvamix® has been used to raise the irises at Howard Nurseries, one of the UK’s leading herbaceous perennial nurseries. Howards have been…

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Passionate Gardener Range expanded

2015-05-05
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Beautiful gardens with natural, professional-quality products that are easy to use, peat-free – and highly effective: that’s the promise of the new Passionate Gardener range from Melcourt, now expanded to four products: SylvaGrow® sustainable growing medium – nominated as a Which? Gardening Best Buy in 2015 only one year from launch SylvaGrow® Ericaceous growing medium…

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Landscape and play packaging re-branded

2015-05-01
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New packaging for our landscape and play range is being rolled out. The eye catching new designs are brighter, bolder and more crisp than before and feature large images of the product on the front so that the customer can see exactly what’s inside the package. “Feedback from users is that they are constantly pleased by the…

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SylvaGrow named as Which? Gardening Best Buy

2015-04-13
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Every year Which? Gardening tests a wide range of composts and last summer they grew almost 1300 plants for four months, choosing bedding plants and vegetables that they know their members enjoy growing in pots and hanging baskets. They chose SylvaGrow as one of three best buys commenting that ‘the score was near perfect in…

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Best new Herbaceous Perennial Variety at UK Growers Awards was bred, trialled, produced and marketed in Melcourt Sylvamix

2014-11-27
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Congratulations to Neil Alcock of Seiont Nurseries who received the award for Best New Herbaceous Perennial Eryngium Zabelli Neptune’s Gold at the UK Growers Awards 2015. The award was sponsored by Plants for Europe. Neptune’s Gold was bred , trialled and then put into commercial production as a liner entirely in Melcourt Sylvamix, our peat-free…

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