Sixteen of these exhibitors are linked to Trolley Net — a division of transport company Andersons, which has developed a network capable of delivering plants to any British postcode. This year, the firm is encouraging its clients to work together and has created a large display of products for which there is an efficient transport network.
Jackie Sturgess runs Sholtsgate Nursery in Lincolnshire, which grows climbing plants and is one of the Trolley Net clients. She said: "The Dutch have traditionally been better organised than us. Nurseries or retailers can place an order with a major Dutch company and delivery will be guaranteed within two or three days. In the past, British growers haven't been able to match this."
David Anderson, who runs Trolley Net, explained: "We wanted to make transport more efficient — we felt that we should get together and let garden centres know that they existed. We just want to provide a transport hub for the small growers."
Trolley Net has attracted a large number of customers, which will be exhibiting at Four Oaks. These include firms such as Beaver Plants, which specialises in both aquatic plants and striking and exotic stock such as banana plants and exotic flowering lilies.
Highland Heathers will also be part of this display and will be offering new ranges of Gentiana and Pieris as well as heathers.
In addition to Trolley Net, there is a separate trolley display organised by 15 growers, which are part of the Quintus Partnership. Quintus has a central ordering system and hopes that the display will raise the organisation's profile, encouraging future customers to go straight to Quintus to order a wide variety of ornamentals.
The partnership now includes growers such as the Gedney Bulb Company and Bridge Farm Nursery, which supplies small indoor plants and hanging baskets.
Other grower co-operatives such as Farplants — one of the UK's largest wholesale suppliers of garden plants with more than 25 production sites in operation by its grower members — will also have a stand.
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