News & Events

Come and see us at Glee next week!

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company will be exhibiting at Glee next week and are looking forward to being able to meet customers face to face at a trade show for the first time in nearly two years! Featured on our stand will be a stunning selection of Hellebores, available for your plantarea, to help create stunning displays and offer gorgeous colour from autumn through to early spring. We will also be launching our new plants for 2022, with a beautiful selection featured on our stand. We have over 20 new promotions for 2022, as a result of our extensive trials program, which did not falter throughout the COVID period. From the striking foliage of Brunnera to the stunning flowers of Armeria Dreameria®, the bright colours of Dahlia Mystics to the autumnal colour of Naninda and Helleborus, we have a fabulous new selection of plants to add impulse and interest to … Continue reading

Use of biological controls at Bransford Webbs

Biological controls form a major part of the integrated approach to crop protection across the nursery at Bransford Webbs. Biological controls are applied throughout all protected areas on site, from March to October, as pests are more prevalent during these warmer months. The use of biological controls is a natural effective way of controlling pest problems within the crops, in conjunction with cultural control methods, such as good hygiene, the use of physical traps and effective irrigation and feed regimes. Regular crop walking by our technical team and the ongoing training of all growing staff, play a major role in the control of any pest related issues. Across the nursery no fewer than seven pests are controlled through the application of fifteen different species of biologicals, resulting in the use of far fewer insecticides and an increase in natural predators on site. The Bransford Webbs Plant Company invests five times … Continue reading

National Plant Show Virtual New Plant Awards

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company have an entered a fantastic ten new varieties into the Virtual New Plant Awards being held by the HTA National Plant Show in June. Despite the difficulties of the last 12 months our extensive research and development program has not faltered, and we have continued to trial plants throughout the year. Two beautiful new Hydrangeas from the Flair and Flavours ® range by Proven Winners®, ‘Blue Sprinkles’ and ‘Pink Sweethearts’ have a mass of blue and pink flowers respectively in the summer months. We have added to our stunning miniature climbing roses range with the gorgeous salmon coloured ‘Onward and Upward’ and free flowering ‘Little Bronze’. Our final entry into the shrub and climber category is the delightful Parahebe ‘Pink Delight’. In the herbaceous perennial class, we have entered Digitalis ‘Lucas Light Pink’ with its mass of pale pink spires in summer, Salvia ‘Flamingo’ with … Continue reading

Reducing our peat usage

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company have been trialling peat free mixes for several years, and already grow a range of plants on the nursery in a variety of different mixes, some of which are peat free. For 2021 we have extended these trials to enable the further reduction of peat, whilst monitoring the challenges this brings for feeding and watering programmes. We have taken the positive step to reduce the amount of peat in our compost mixes from 75% to 40% for 2021, with the remainder of the mix a combination of bark and wood fibre, recognised peat alternatives, responsibly sourced. During our trials for peat alternatives, we remain aware that we must source products which are environmentally friendly, responsibly sourced, commercially available and able to sustain high quality plants. “Here at Bransford Webbs, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously”, commented Adrian Marskell, Managing Director. “The work we are … Continue reading

Virtual rep visits from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

Here at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, we want to support our customers in every way possible during this difficult and unprecedented time. During this most recent lockdown period, our reps are unable to travel around the country to visit centres and meet customers in person, as they normally would. This week, we have launched our new initiative, offering virtual reps visits to our customers across a wide range of platforms.  Both Trina and Andy looking forward to being able to ‘meet’ with you and discuss the wonderful stock we currently have to offer you to keep your plantarea looking bright and colourful. David Chilvers, Sales Manager commented “We love our usual face to face sales visits as not only does it give us the chance to show off our wonderful plants, it also allows us to understand our customers’ needs much better than in a phone call. Although we … Continue reading

Apprentice of the year winner from Bransford Webbs…again!

The Midland Regional Growers Apprentice of the Year was awarded last week at Pershore College, and was won by Bransford Webbs apprentice Isobel Watson. Isobel, who is in the second year of her apprenticeship scheme, was presented with the award during her study week at Pershore. “Isobel has worked very hard during her apprenticeship, and we are very proud of her achievements”, commented Karl O’Neill, Apprenticeship mentor at Bransford Webbs. “She is a very worthy winner and we are positive she has a bright future here with us”. Isobel joined Bransford Webbs in September 2018, on the two-year scheme, working towards a level 3 crop technician apprenticeship in conjunction with Pershore College, and was one of the first students to enrol on the new course format. She has held the position of Young Plant Grower in the Propagation Unit for just over a year. Isobel was also an IPPS Europe … Continue reading

Looking positively to the future

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is excited to be looking forward to 2021 and the future, following the most turbulent few months the nursery has ever had to navigate in its 60-year history. As with the whole of the horticultural industry, Bransford Webbs has witnessed an unprecedented few months and have had to make some tough but essential decisions during this time. We are proud to now be in a position to look forward to the future with positivity. Following some difficult production decisions in April which led to shortages throughout early summer, crops are now filling the nursery for 2021 sales. Large numbers of early season promotions, such as Hebes and Hellebores, are now on the ground and looking good for next year. Last October, building began on a new production area, covering 17,000m2 consisting of 49 low polytunnels, increasing production capacity by 20%, and due for completion by … Continue reading

Get ready for the new season with The Bransford Webbs Plant Company Webshop

As everyone gears up for the new season, now is the ideal time to start using The Bransford Webbs Plant Company webshop, accessed directly through our website, Our new webshop allows wholesale customers the ease and freedom of placing their orders online at their own convenience. Following months of consultation with both developers and customers, the webshop was launched back in August 2019, ensuring the customer has all the relevant information they need at hand to place their order. Customers can view their reserve, place orders, and check through past orders and invoices. Once the new order has been placed, it will be verified in-house by the sales team. This makes it an ideal tool for both planning and placing orders, with the added confidence of knowing the Bransford Webbs sales team are still at the end of the phone to discuss your order further should you need to. … Continue reading