Our History

GROWING FOR OVER 25 YEARS!

Cheviot Trees was founded during the 1980’s by our MD, Harry Frew after he spotted an opportunity.....

Most of the land in that area was arable and many of the farmers were growing vegetables. There was a demand for plug grown vegetable plants and Harry set out to supply it. The venture was a success but the work was seasonal and made inefficient use of the nursery. Something was needed to make use of the area when empty. Naturally, Cell Grown trees would fill the gap.

Now a recognised leader in its sphere, Cheviot Trees is the UK’s largest private producer of Cell Grown plants. Cheviot Trees site before polytunnels were built


1990 From humble beginnings.....

Cheviot Trees commenced plant production at its first nursery in Wooler, Northumberland. The company is one of the first to produce ‘cell grown plants’ in the UK. Demand for the company’s products rapidly increases as customers reap the rewards of this new and innovative product. A second production site at Foulden in the Scottish Borders is opened.

1992

The company continues to grow and wins the East of Scotland 'Enterprise Challenge competition' run by Border Television, and were runners up in the Scottish final. In 1994 the company won the Eastern Borders Development Association's award for small businesses. This reflected the companies' success in terms of employment, business input and general contribution to the local community.

1995 - 2002

Cheviot Trees worked in conjunction with Border Biofuels Ltd., growing and advising on the establishment, production and handling of Short Rotation Coppice for Biomass and the renewable energy market. Cheviot Trees manages trials and monitoring of species, methods of husbandry and management, and demonstrates the options available with SRC.

1999

The Cheviot Trees web site (www.cheviot-trees.co.uk) was created and is now an effective additional tool in the Sales and Marketing strategy. Cheviot Trees became the first UK nursery to be accredited with 'Investors in People'.

2000

Cheviot Trees won a substantial 5 yr Contract Grow to supply 3½ million trees to the Forestry Commission. The nursery completed construction of a third polytunnel complex to accommodate the additional production.

ETS Green Barrier hedge in living Willow outside the O2 arena, London2001

Cheviot Trees begins to market ‘The Green Barrier’. A revolutionary living willow, or woven willow barrier with RockDelta incorporated into it, for acoustic sound proofing of new ‘noisy’ and visible developments.
Cheviot Trees successfully re-accredited as an 'Investor in People'.

2004 - 2005

The product range is diversified and the company starts to produce specialist products including Marram Grass & Wetland plants.

Cheviot Trees were regional winners of VIBES (Vision in business for the Environment) in the South Medium category. (www.vibes.org.uk)

2008

A state of the art polytunnel complex is built – the companies single largest investment in growing facilities to date. The tunnels are equipped with the latest in computer controlled climate control and irrigation technology.

2010

The Company was successful in winning a large contract to supply woodland packs to the Woodland Trust. Packs were supplied to various schools and other groups around the country.

New packing and despatch facility under construction2012

Following a rigorous tender process, Cheviot Trees are awarded a long term contract to produce the entire cell grown broadleaf requirements for the Forestry Commission.

A new packing, despatch facility was constructed to provide additional indoor working areas for the ever growing workforce.

Since the company’s inception back in the early 90’s the company has produced over 80 million Cell Grown plants for clients throughout Europe.
As a dynamic company, our product range has continually evolved to meet the needs of our customers but our strive for complete customer satisfaction at all times has remained consistent.

2013

Cheviot Trees was successful in winning a contract to supply the Forestry Commission.

2015

30th January saw the launch of our new website!

2016

We erected another polytunnel on the nursery to accomodate the increasing stock produced annually.

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