Delamere nursery facilities to be expanded by Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission has announced that it is planning to consolidate and expand the growing facilities at its Delamere nursery in Cheshire.

The nursery is one of three that are run by the plant and seed supply branch of the Forestry Commission. The other two are Newton and Wykeham, and the unit also has a seed-processing unit at Alice Holt.

The Delamere nursery, which is close to Chester, has two sites, Lobslack and Old Pale, where tree seedlings and cuttings are grown in polytunnels. Each site has 1.2ha under polythene and produces 14 million conifers and broadleafed plants every year.

Forestry Commission head of plant and seed supply Alan Harrison said extending facilities at Lobslack and extending the area and amalgamating the 32 tunnels at Old Pale into one big multi-span structure - modernising the facilities in the process - would boost productivity by up to 20 per cent. He is tendering for a design and build contract and offering a two-week window for site visits from 2 February.

Email alan.harrison@ or see to download tender documentation. Deadline: 9 March.

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