A Little More About Us …
Quietly in the rolling hills of North Oxfordshire nestles North Aston – a village that does not wear its heart on its sleeve. The Organic Box Scheme has been growing delicious veg hidden away from passers-by for the last ten years. The North Aston Dairy delivers incognito its delicious organic milk to your door. The Peach Pub Company quietly built a chefs’ training centre in a disused old barn. For the past thirty years Nicholsons has nestled at The Park, North Aston – you may see woods pop up, hedgerows appear, a striking new garden in your street – and someone said they bought some amazing plants from somewhere . . . it was most probably all Nicholsons.
The Plant Centre is partially supplied by their adjoining garden nursery. Being successful, Niel Nicholson explains, also brings responsibilities, not least of an environmental nature; “Having such worthy neighbours in the village is a good impetus to evaluate ourselves and look at our impact. People often assume that, because Nicholsons is a nursery business, growing and selling plants, we must be doing our ‘bit’ for the environment. It’s true that over the last 20 years we have been instrumental in planting approximately 10 million trees and shrubs. However, there is a lot of environmental cost involved in transport, the peat issue, the use of plastic pots, plant miles and just plain waste. Some ways we have tried to improve include:
- All our water – upwards of 10,000 m3 /pa, is now recycled and not drawn off the mains.
- We recycle 95% of our waste
- Our pots are all recycled
- We source UK plants to minimise imports from the continent.
- We have hosted peat-free trials and our bagged compost is now peat-free, our nursery usage, peat reduced.
Most importantly we really try to court local customers and to offer them all they need without needing to go too far afield. There are endless ways in which we still hope to improve”.
Come and See Us For Yourself
We would love to meet you! Our plant centre is open Monday to Friday 7:30am-4:30pm and on selected Bank Holidays as well as Saturdays (except August) 9.00am – 4.00pm. Alternatively you can contact us on 01869 340342 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.