Archive for July, 2013

Parcel Delivery Briefing

July 29th, 2013

From 15th July Royal Mail and Parcelforce have re-issued their dangerous goods policy.

Royal Mail state that “to comply with national and international regulations governing the carriage of mail and ensure that mail in transport does not present a danger to the general public, we resrtict or prohibit certain items from our network.”

These guidelines mean that we are no longer able to send weedkillers, pest control chemicals and sprays through the Royal Mail and Parcelforce network. Royal Mail previously offered a cost effective small parcel service for sizing of under 2kg in weight which many of the above products easily conformed to, unfortunately due to the restrictions we can no longer offer this service and all orders containing these products will be sent as our standard 25kg parcel sizing (seeds, fertilisers, feeds and sundries are not effected).

As we have used Royal Mail and Parceforce as our main distribution partner of parcels over the last 18 months we now have to look to other carriers for an efficient and reliable service. From July 29th all our parcels will now be despatched to customers using Yodel delivery services.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you require any further clarification please email or telephone our office.



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Fred’s Hanging Baskets

July 18th, 2013

This article appeared in the Daily Mail on Wednesday 17th July 2013. Fred is a long standing customer of ours, what a fantastic display!!!


“As Britain wilts in the heatwave, Fred Whaley and his watering can are working at full tilt to glorious effect.

The 69-year-old spends an hour a day watering the 14 magnificent hanging baskets bedecking his suburban semi, but says it is worth it to see the riot of colour.

More than 1,000 plants are in full bloom at the front of his home, where five half-barrels also overflow with flowers.

The great-grandfather and his wife Carol, 67, of Spondon, Derby, have been growing begonias, geraniums, trailing petunias, fuchsias and regal pelargoniums for the past 15 years.

They say this summer’s hot weather has made the displays bigger and more beautiful than ever.

Mr Whaley, pictured yesterday on the ladder he needs to reach the highest baskets, said: ‘In about four weeks they’ll look even better because as they grow they’ll join up and you won’t see the front of the house.’

He grows many of the flowers in propagators in his greenhouse, transferring them to the baskets in early June.

‘If the weather stays nice, they’ll be there till November,’ he said.”


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