The Cool Temperate Nursery is situated on the land of Trinity Farm, Awsworth Lane, Cossall, Notts. NG16 2RZ for sat navs.
It is situated within a few minutes drive of the M1 junction 26.
If you wish to call at the nursery please contact Phil on 0115 916 2673 to fix a time.
A MAP is on the Contacts page.
The Cool Temperate postal address, but NOT the nursery site, is at:
45, Stamford Street, Awsworth, Notts NG16 2QL.
Tel and Fax: 0115 916 2673
ORDERING and PAYING
If you want to check we have a variety in stock please email, phone, fax or write.This is also a good opportunity to pose any queries you might have.
PAYMENT can be made by a Paypal invoice emailed to you or by cheque, or bank transfer.
Calling customers can pay cash - sorry I cant take any credit or debit cards.
The frequently revised PRICE LIST is often more up-to-date than the web pages -
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.
RESTORATION AGRICULTURE by Mark Shepard
What is restored?
The eroding and knackered farm land.
Restored to what?
To a close parallel to the natural oak savannah that was there before agriculture arived.
How is this productive ?
By using higher yielding versions of savannah species, like chestnut, hazelnut, grapes, apples, currants, cattle, pigs, hens, turkeys, fungi, flowers, bees, wildlife and plenty more, all in an integrated polyculture.
Mark tells how he produces more food and makes more profit per acre, almost without inputs, than the large scale arable farmers that are his neighbours - and at the same time hes making a sustainable and beautiful landscape.
Here's a link to Mark on Youtube [ if youve done a permaculture course start about 60 mins in]:
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Extended the stock range of herbaceous plants by adding several Clovers and other wildflowers. See the herbs page.
I have now purchased a few acres to be a home to my own-root orchard, plant breeding trial ground, and bare-root nursery production area.
The Trinity Farm nursery site will continue to be the selling area until all the stocks are moved and replanted, which will be a lengthy business. So stock levels will be low this winter to minimise the number of plants to move. Its a good idea therefore to get your order in early to avoid sold outs.
R.I.P. HUGH ERMEN
Sadly Hugh Ermen died peacefully at Canterbury in December 2009, after suffering declining health for the last few years.
Many people remember him as a horticulturalist, researcher and teacher. During the course of his career he acquired several honours, entitling him to a string of letters after his name, but he never used them, and his medals stayed in their box.
I was put in contact with Hugh by Harry Baker of the RHS, when I was looking around for information on own-root trees. And I received the information from Hugh in abundance. His letters were thick wodges of foolscap, often with drawings, and raising technical points that I had to ask Hugh to explain, which he did with another letter, and so the cycle continued. Two years later I used Hugh's own-root work to form the basis of the Coppice Orchard project, which enabled me to gain a Permaculture Diploma, and without Hughs work and kindness that would not have happened.
In his later years Hugh concentrated on apple breeding, and not having any land he crammed the back garden of his semi with hundreds of new varieties, grafting dozens onto each M27 rootstock for quick results. He was very successful, and part of Hugh's legacy is his list of introductions: Red Devil, Wintergem, Scrumptious, Herefordshire Russet, Limelight, Cobra and the crabapples Nancy and Laura - the latter named after his wife.
Laura Ermen will continue some of Hugh's projects, wind up others- 'I'll be glad to get at least some of the garden back' she says.
Farewell Hugh - teacher and friend - we need more like you.
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About Cool Temperate
I set up Cool Temperate in 1996 to meet two main needs.
Since the early 1980's I had been growing organic fruit and vegetables commercially on small parcels of rented land around the city of Nottingham, UK.
During this time several ideas for horticultural research occurred to me, but I never had enough land or time to follow them through. Anyone trying to supply all year round veg doesn't have time for much else !
Later I got involved in designing orchards and forest gardens and other permaculture plots. I realised that there wasn't a good individual nursery where the wide range of plants needed could be bought from, and who could give good organic advice.
So I set up Cool Temperate as a bare root nursery to both provide myself with an income during the winter months, leaving me mostly free during the summer for research work, and also to fill this gap in the market.
This has enabled me to pursue a few new developments, notably the Own Root Fruit Tree project and the Coppice Orchard.
Cool Temperate isn't just me. There are several keen volunteers involved, the occasional part time paid worker, and we are part of the Permaculture Apprenticeships scheme, whereby permaculture graduates can gain experience.
I also work regularly with architects, landscapers, designers and growers needing both horticultural and environmental input.
The nursery has created a need for large quantities of organic compost. To meet this end I first devised the "Compost Hedge" which has spread out to become the "Compost Coppice" which will be planted on a large scale when i get a new site. This will produce compost from shredded fast growing plant species, fed sustainably by vigorous perennial nitrogen fixing plants.
"Cool Temperate" is the ecological term for the vegetation zone that most of the UK lies in. It is the area of deciduous forest that runs across Europe. To the south is the "Warm Temperate" or Mediterranean zone, and to the north is the "Boreal" or coniferous forest zone.