Planting its seeds into the Horticultural world

Four Oaks Nursery was established in 1963 by the Coutts brothers, originally a nursery for commercial growing. Then in 1984, following demands from its customers asking for ‘take away orders’ the Coutts brothers started a new business venture seeing its nursery evolve into Britain’s first ‘seedling’ Cash & Carry. Customers at this time were directed into one of the large Glasshouses on site where they would make their selection from over 5000 trays of seedlings on display, all at the pricking -out stage. With the business growing, in 2007 it was relocated, to the then newly built large glasshouse with its own access from Farm Lane, where it still remains today.

Back then, the newly formed Cash & Carry incorporated 13 specialist nurseries and three sundries’ suppliers. Today it incorporates only one specialist nursery with stock now being bought in directly making it the perfect establishment for growers, independent garden centres, the leisure industry, garden designers, small retail shops, construction, and landscape gardeners alike.

The SEIONT nursery at Four Oaks presents a range of 9 cm shrubs and Perennials. It specialises in its continuation of new variety introductions throughout the year, always presenting the customers with new and exciting additions. Coming out of Spring into the Summer, Four Oaks also stocks a wide variety of vegetables, over 100 to be exact. Allowing customers to purchase six strips per tray, by offering seasonal delights in the form of food, adds an extra string to its bow.

Since 2007, Four Oaks has attained its impeccable range and service to its customers propelling them far in front of its competitors. Stock is hand picked by the manager, Marlon Kent, who has over 30 years of plant and tree knowledge. Pre-COVID-19 restrictions Marlon would travel to Italy and Spain in the early months of the year, ensuring only the best quality of stock is acquired. This stock would include specimen trees, plants and sundries to the trade.

Four oaks is a specialist supplier of Mediterranean plants, its stock includes olives and palms in pots from 1litre up to 1,000 litres and these are available all year round. Four Oaks has an extensive product line of over 1,500 lines of trees and shrubs on display from starter plants to specimen sizes, as well as young bedding and basket plants for which it is historically known.

Fortunately, much of the horticultural industry managed to survive and in many cases thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. As more people spent time at home, holidays were void resulting in many members of the public investing and taking an interest in gardening. Old fashioned bedding was emerging popular again and gardening once more, became a hobby. Following government guidelines, Four Oaks managed to serve customers via a click and collect service.

Catching site of the recent demand for outdoor seating, specifically from the leisure industry, Four Oaks made the recent decision to begin to stock high quality garden furniture, and this decision has been a resounding success through its sales. Furthermore, its decision to stock a larger range of pots which include terracotta, glazed and authentic wooden half whiskey barrels, has been an exciting addition to its ever-growing product line.

There is no doubting the extensiveness of Four Oaks’ product availability. Going beyond plants and shrubbery, it also offers compost and feeds, garden tool drapers, hanging basket and liners, pots, bowls and planters, stone Meadowview, sundries pots and bowls. Being historically known for its bedding and basket plants, a large range of sundries are available as well as a new range of aggregates being added to the company’s Autumn stock.

Seasonal specials are common at Four Oaks, alongside its superb selection of planted hanging baskets and patio pots, which can be made to order.

As Four Oaks looks to continue its expansion, in 2021 it has added garden furniture to its portfolio as well as broadening its pot range to stocking everything from 2 “ to 500 Litre pots
Four Oaks stock has one of the widest ranges in the North West for shrub and specimen which can be used for commercial and amenity landscaping. Its Italian plant range has over 70 different varieties enabling customers with a more complete range of choice, combined of small shrubs, large specimens and arches, to the more formal structural specimens.

Based in Lower Withington, Near Macclesfield only five miles from junction 18 M6, Four Oaks Cash & Carry is now the largest Horticultural ‘one stop shop’ in the UK!

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