The Cool Temperate Nursery is
situated on the land of Trinity Farm, Awsworth Lane, Cossall,
Notts. NG16 2RZ for sat navs.
It is situated within a few minutes drive of the M1 junction
If you wish to call at the nursery please contact Phil
on 0115 916 2673 to fix a time.
A MAP is on the Contacts page.
The Cool Temperate postal address, but NOT
the nursery site, is at:
45, Stamford Street, Awsworth, Notts NG16 2QL.
Tel and Fax: 0115 916 2673
ORDERING and PAYING
If you want to check we have a variety in stock please
email, phone, fax or write.This is also a
good opportunity to pose any queries you might have.
PAYMENT can be made by a Paypal invoice emailed to
you or by cheque, or bank transfer.
Calling customers can pay cash - sorry I cant take any
credit or debit cards.
The frequently revised PRICE LIST is often more up-to-date than the web pages -
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
RESTORATION AGRICULTURE by Mark Shepard
What is restored?
The eroding and knackered farm land.
Restored to what?
To a close parallel to the natural oak savannah that was there before agriculture arived.
How is this productive ?
By using higher yielding versions of savannah species, like chestnut, hazelnut, grapes, apples, currants, cattle, pigs, hens, turkeys, fungi, flowers, bees, wildlife and plenty more, all in an integrated polyculture.
Mark tells how he produces more food and makes more profit per acre, almost without inputs, than the large scale arable farmers that are his neighbours - and at the same time hes making a sustainable and beautiful landscape.
Here's a link to Mark on Youtube [ if youve done a permaculture course start about 60 mins in]:
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Extended the stock range of herbaceous plants by adding several Clovers and other wildflowers. See the herbs page.
I have now purchased a few acres to be a home to my own-root
orchard, plant breeding trial ground, and bare-root nursery production
The Trinity Farm nursery site will continue to be the selling area
until all the stocks are moved and replanted, which will be a lengthy
business. So stock levels will be low this winter to minimise the number
of plants to move. Its a good idea therefore to get your order in early
to avoid sold outs.
R.I.P. HUGH ERMEN
Sadly Hugh Ermen died peacefully at Canterbury in December 2009, after suffering declining health for the last few years.
Many people remember him as a horticulturalist,
researcher and teacher. During the course of his career he acquired
several honours, entitling him to a string of letters after his name,
but he never used them, and his medals stayed in their box.
I was put in contact with Hugh by Harry Baker of the
RHS, when I was looking around for information on own-root trees. And I
received the information from Hugh in abundance. His letters were thick
wodges of foolscap, often with drawings, and raising technical points
that I had to ask Hugh to explain, which he did with another letter,
and so the cycle continued. Two years later I used Hugh's
own-root work to form the basis of the Coppice Orchard project, which
enabled me to gain a Permaculture Diploma, and without Hughs work and
kindness that would not have happened.
In his later
years Hugh concentrated on apple breeding, and not having any land he
crammed the back garden of his semi with hundreds of new varieties,
grafting dozens onto each M27 rootstock for quick results. He was very
successful, and part of Hugh's legacy is his list of introductions: Red
Devil, Wintergem, Scrumptious, Herefordshire Russet, Limelight, Cobra
and the crabapples Nancy and Laura - the latter named after his
will continue some of Hugh's projects, wind up others- 'I'll be glad to
get at least some of the garden back' she says.
- teacher and friend - we need more like you.
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About Cool Temperate
set up Cool Temperate in 1996 to meet two main needs.
Since the early 1980's
I had been growing organic fruit and vegetables commercially on small parcels
of rented land around the city of Nottingham, UK.
During this time several
ideas for horticultural research occurred to me, but I never had enough land or
time to follow them through. Anyone trying to supply all year round veg doesn't
have time for much else !
Later I got involved in designing orchards and
forest gardens and other permaculture plots. I realised that there wasn't a good
individual nursery where the wide range of plants needed could be bought from,
and who could give good organic advice.
So I set up Cool Temperate as a
bare root nursery to both provide myself with an income during the winter months,
leaving me mostly free during the summer for research work, and also to fill this
gap in the market.
This has enabled me to pursue a few new developments,
notably the Own Root Fruit Tree project and the Coppice Orchard.
isn't just me. There are several keen volunteers involved, the occasional part
time paid worker, and we are part of the Permaculture Apprenticeships scheme,
whereby permaculture graduates can gain experience.
I also work regularly
with architects, landscapers, designers and growers needing both horticultural
and environmental input.
The nursery has created a need for large quantities of organic
compost. To meet this end I first devised the "Compost Hedge"
which has spread out to become the "Compost Coppice"
which will be planted on a large scale when i get a new site.
This will produce compost from shredded fast growing plant species,
fed sustainably by vigorous perennial nitrogen fixing plants.
"Cool Temperate" is the ecological term for
the vegetation zone that most of the UK lies in. It is the
area of deciduous forest that runs across Europe. To the south
is the "Warm Temperate" or Mediterranean zone, and to the
north is the "Boreal" or coniferous forest zone.