Orkney nursery stops selling ash

A nursery in Orkney has stopped offering ash trees for sale through its website following an enquiry by Horticulture Week.

The grower, Tranquility Cottage Nursery, had been selling 40-60 cm Fraxinus Excelsior plants for £1.99, but the item is now listed as "out of stock". The item was also available through Ebay, but is now also not available.

The owner, who did not give his name, said he had not been informed of restrictions on the movement of ash in the UK introduced following the outbreak of ash dieback.

"I haven’t heard anything about restrictions," he said. "I have heard about importing restrictions but not about selling ash. I get updates from the Scottish agricultural authority. I haven’t been informed. In Orkney we are unlikely ever to have dieback. We source them from a wholesale grower in the borders so I will talk to him."

He stressed the company was small and sold limited amounts of stock. He has sold one ash plant since the restrictions began.

The item became unavailable to buy through the website, with the note "Sorry, this item is now out of stock," shortly after a call from HW. The listing on Ebay was also "ended by the seller because the item is no longer available."

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