Chelsea oak forest takes shape

A forest of 1,500 oak trees is being grown by Somerset-based Quercus UK, in preparation for transportation to the RHS Chelsea Flower 2013 for use on Quercus' English oak fencing stand.

Quercus will be using the 1,500 oak saplings within the Arts and Crafts style design which picks up on the show’s 100-year anniversary theme. 

Quercus aims to demonstrate the importance of oak as a sustainable product and to emphasise that it uses oak which has received the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification.

Quercus’ managing director Lisa Beard said: "We have been caring for all these saplings for some months now and hoping that the cold Spring will not stop them all from producing their beautiful fresh green leaves for May, which will provide an integral part of our planting design. 

"Although we are celebrating the history of Chelsea on our stand design, these young oak saplings are a nod to the future and to the next 100 years when these little saplings will have grown into mighty oaks."

She added: "Oak is a strong, stunningly beautiful and sustainable hard wood which is why we use it for all our products.  Our oak fences and other garden products don’t need treating like softwood fencing and they will all weather and age gracefully and last for many years."

Quercus is partnering with The Tree Council and will be promoting opportunities to support the charity's 8000 environmental tree champions and Tree Wardens. 

Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of the organisation, commented, "The Tree Council is delighted to be working with a company that takes sustainability seriously and that recognises the importance of using UK-sourced wood for its products."

"I’m hoping that this partnership will generate greater awareness of how proper management of this natural resource is crucial for the future and of the important role of our volunteers in delivering that vision."

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