The Norths leading specialist Wild Flower nursey - a brief history
The first seeds of what later evolved into Heritage Wild Flowers
were sown (literally) in 1985, when I decided that I would like some true native
bluebells in one specific area of our (quite large) garden at home; and, knowing
where some had been growing wild for many years, went and collected a few seed heads
to raise some plants from. Having subsequently planted these, I decided that, as
we had started this area with wild flowers, we would carry on and have nothing but
in this area,
Over the next 5 years or so, we would go on collecting forays
each Summer and Autumn; always being careful not to take too much seed in each instance;
until we had quite a variety of wild flowers growing. Unable to let anything go
to waste, I would regularly crop these plants and grow lots of new plants each year
- far more than we needed! - so we started, in a very small way, to sell plants
by mail order (not the easiest thing to do!).
The next major move came in 1992, when we bought 4.5 acres of
very suitable land (in itself not easiest of things to do), and started to make
a serious business of what had, to that point, been simply a hobby.
Things moved quite steadily for a few years, we were originally
selling mainly plants (in various sizes), with just a few popular seeds in plain
envelopes, until about 15 years ago when, after being asked very regularly by our
garden centre customers for a range of seed packets, we decided to go ahead - invested
in a completely new computer / printer / scanner (later digital camera) so that
we could print our own packets (we didn't want to order each packet variety in thousands!).
From being a very basic pictorial packet, these have evolved into a very well presented,
very informative seed packet. This howver necessitated a considerable reduction
in the plants range, to the extaent that we now almost exclusively supply seeds
In recent years the “Nursery” has evolved more and more into a
“Nature Reserve”, which is how we now run things.