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Trade show and other dates for 2020: come and see us if you can.

2020-01-31
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It’s important to us that we attend as many trade gatherings as we can. It’s the ideal opportunity to see customers face-to-face and to learn more about their businesses. So, this is the list for 2020: do come and see us if you’re attending. One word of warning though: the list is likely to grow…

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The year of peat-free gardening starts with us increasing capacity to meet demand

2020-01-29
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This year is the first of the target dates for the elimination of peat use from horticulture and demand for Melcourt products which has been increasing year-on-year for the past 5 years or so has never been higher. We’re expecting it to go on that way as the nation’s gardeners turn to peat-free material. With…

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There’s gold in them there blooms

2019-12-09
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It was lovely to hear from Liz Steele of Nailsworth in Bloom to whom we donated some bags of our award-winning peat-free compost compost earlier in the year – and to receive these pictures of their stunning showcase waterwheel display which celebrated their local heritage theme of ‘Wool and Water’. It’s just the thing to…

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#peatfree and #plasticfree are gaining ground

2019-12-04
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Gardening’s green credentials are increasingly in focus these days so it’s great to see that the gardening press is offering practical advice to gardeners on how to eliminate single use plastic and on how to garden peat free. The latest is a piece by our friend David Ware of edible culture in the much respected…

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If you want to reduce single-use plastic in your business here’s how Melcourt can help you.

2019-10-30
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We’ve all seen the issue of plastic use in UK horticulture take a far higher profile over the last 12 months. At Melcourt we take this seriously and are looking to play our part in reducing the amount of single-use plastic. For those customers who want to do the same, we have developed a unique…

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How do you turn a tree into a tent?

2019-10-21
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On the face of it this just the kind of challenge that members of the 5th Kettering Scouts might face during some kind of survival training but these tents came from a tree in a more indirect way. We gave the 5th Kettering some bags of award winning SylvaGrow peat-free compost (main ingredient tree bark!)…

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Two great new peat-free ideas to look out for at GLEE

2019-09-06
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  SylvaGrow® Tub and Basket launches at GLEE and, for next spring, garden centres can sell RHS Endorsed Melcourt products in a re-usable Melcourt Bag for Life Like all of the products in the award-winning Melcourt SylvaGrow® range, new SylvaGrow Tub and Basket is a peat-free blend of fine bark and wood fibre. To meet…

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Cutting back on single use plastic, peat-free deadlines, people and plants: it’s all in grower solutions

2019-09-05
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Growers purchasing Sylvamix® in 50 litre bags may be interested to know that an equivalent amount of product bought as a maxi-bale would use a massive 5 times less plastic. No special machinery is required to handle our maxi-bales as Sylvamix® is free-flowing and doesn’t become compacted in the bale. There’s more information on this,…

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Taking tea at Nailsworth

2019-08-29
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We’ve been giving Nailsworth Rotary some free bags of SylvaGrow in which to plant their floral displays for a few years now so it was an absolute delight to meet up with some of them in the town the other day and see the results of their efforts first hand. As you can see, the…

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Reassurance for vegan gardeners

2019-08-27
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We receive a growing number of enquiries from vegan gardeners about the suitability of our products for them. In fact, all but three of our products are suitable for use by vegans. Suitable products for vegans are; SylvaGrow® Sustainable Growing Medium SylvaGrow® Multi-purpose Compost with added John Innes SylvaGrow® Ericaceous Compost Topsoil™ SylvaBark® Pine Bark…

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Nailsworth set to bloom again

2019-06-20
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It was good to hear from our friend Thorald Cox of Nailsworth Rotary Club about this year’s floral display. “We planted out on 5th June into SylvaGrow® which you so generously provided,” he writes. “I was assisted by Jonathan Bowen-Davies and Christine Prest both fellow club members who are shown in the photo.” Thorald notes that…

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Peat-free sales just keep growing!

2019-06-14
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Sales of our SylvaGrow® Peat-Free Planter for Organic Growing have exceeded all expectations since its launch this spring: little wonder when it’s this simple to use. It’s hugely gratifying to think of the thousands of salads, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes being served in homes across the land having been grown in these, the UK’s…

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Using our products in the garden