Ton Van Den Oever bought out by neighbouring Udenhout

Dutch tree specialist Ton Van Den Oever, which declared bankruptcy at the end of August, has been bought out by neighbouring nursery Udenhout.

A new company has been formed operating under the same name. Udenhout export manager for Belgium and Luxembourg Franky Vandeputte said: "We have put our money into the company but it will continue under the same name.

"We didn't want all the trees to go on the market at a useless price, so we bought all the trees to keep a consistent quality. That's important for all of us in the business. We were not scared. In fact, they are neighbours. We were searching for more grounds."

He continued: "It was an opportunity for us. A lot of the trees they were growing are the same products as ours. We start from 14-16cm until 25-30cm. They were also selling little plants and now we have the whole range.

"I think we have to see what are the opportunities for this new company but the main idea is to keep the clients that were clients and then we can see further on. In England they had a few very good clients like Barcham Trees and it's important for us to keep them."

Commenting on the collapse of Ton Van Den Oever, Vandeputte added: "With all those little plants they were also on the export markets and in the past two to three years they were hard markets to provide for. All of these elements together made the company go bust."

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