Frequently Asked Questions

The Trellis Query service answered over 220 questions in 2010 on topics related to therapeutic gardening - these range from questions about horticulture and health to project management.

This FAQ page is designed to share the wisdom of the Trellis network. Questions raised by projects have been circulated around the network and these are the replies. We hope they will be as useful to you as they have been to us!

Where can you source bulk supplies of compost?

Here are a list of bulk compost suppliers suggested by the Trellis network, please let us know if you know of any more

Keenan’s Recycling of New Deer (Aberdeenshire). Keenan's process public (and private) waste for compost, soil improvers etc. Here is the website

Glasgow Wood Recycling has been supplying community groups with Peat Free compost, bagged and loose when we supply raised beds. Contact Glasgow Wood Recycling, Workshop Unit 6, Barclay Curle Complex, 739 South St, G14 OBX phone 0141 237 8566 or their Retail department at 7 Dalcross St, Partick, G11 5RE, 0141 237 8546 . see them online at

In the Edinburgh area, try Forth Resource Management on

Life Science Trust can supply small amounts of biodynamic/organic compost but not bulk – definitely peat free. Email the Life Science Trust at

Tiphereth a Camphill community just on the edge of Edinburgh, by the Pentlands have a big composting scheme. It will be definitely peat free - they collect garden waste from around the area and compost to organic and possibly biodynamic standards. It is sold back into the community. Could be worth contacting them by email at phone 0131 441 2055, see them online at

Trade Compost Suppliers

Main trade compost companies in the UK include:


Bulrush Horticulture Ltd

Fargro Ltd

William Sinclair Ltd

Vital Earth

Finding local Plug Plant Suppliers...

Where can we source Plug Plants in Scotland?

Suggestions for Scottish growers: Pentland Plants Loanhead, Midlothian, EH20 9QG. Telephone no - 0131 440 0895. Their e-mail is

Greens Nurseries New Fleenas Farm Nairn IV12 5QN Tel: 01667 452 760 Fax: 01667 455 477

Abercairn Nurseries Aultmore, Keith, Banffshire : Jane Sim 01542 888001, email:

Craignish Nurseries, Craignish, Lochgilphead, contact Bob Goudy 01852 500 670, The plants are well branched liner in a 8cm pot prices vary from 80pence to £2 . The quality of the plants is very reliable. The plants are posted to us and arrive in good condition. Generally we would buy the plants at the back end or the start of the year, pot them into a 2 litre pot and be looking good and well rooted through within 12 weeks. I would recommend this to anybody producing shrubs.

Ferngreen Nursery , Borelands, Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH13 9LL ,01828 670651

 The wildflower nursery at Jupiter, Grangemouth run by The Conservation Volunteers, closed in January 2015. The contact number for TCV ifor more information is 01786 479697.

Redhall Walled Garden they supply quite a wide variety of herbacous perennials and shrubs and are happy to grow to order.

Research at the Trellis Office also found the ‘Horticulture Scotland Directory 2009’ (available from , cost £5.00) which listed in addition to the above , the following nursery producers of plug plants:

Trotterbank Nurseries, Overtown , Wishaw , Lanarkshire ML2 0RW, Janice & Ian Purcell 01698 372837 contact

Ashbrook Nursery ,Forfar Road Arbroath, DD11 3RB , Anne Webster 01241 873408, email:

Scotplants Ltd. Brownhills, Burnhouse, Beith, Ayrshire KA15 1HH, Douglas Boatman 01505 502717

John Train & Son , Benston, Tarbolton, Ayrshire KA5 5NT

Suppliers further afield ...

Thompson & Morgan Direct to Grower Poplar Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3BU Nigel Judd 01473 695274 , click here for more information

Ball Colegrave, Milton Road, West Adderbury, Banbury, Oxon OX17 3EY,Tel: 01295 811833

Albion Plants , Devon, produce young ground cover,hedging and shrubs,see their web pages at click here for more information



Growing Wildflowers... Why grow wildflowers? Do you have any information on where to get wild seeds for planting a wildflower garden or meadow?

Growing native wildflower species from seed can create and improve habitats for insect, bird and mammal life. These plants will encourage a range of butterflies, moths, bumble-bees and other insects, as well as the birds and bats that feed on these insects. The wildflowers themselves are beautiful and will add colour, shape and scent to your garden or meadow as well as providing an environment rich in biodiversity. Wildflower seed suppliers – Scotland Scotia Seeds Mavisbank, Farnell, brechin, Angus DD9 6TR 01356 626425, click here to go to the website

Scottish Natural Heritage provide information on establishing meadow & wildflower meadows which can be found at:click here for more information Plantlife Scotland Plantlife protect native plants UK & worldwide and have lots of information about Scottish native plants on their web pages : Information on managing ponds/gardens promoting Scottish native species at UK sources of info. on Wildflowers Try the National Wildflower Centre at Wildflowers seeds available from Landlife (Social Enterprise Firm )


Recycling Scaffolding Boards ...


I would like to recycle old scaffolding boards to build raised beds. I've heard that they may contain chemicals and leach into the soil. I've thought about painting them with animal/plant friendly wood treatment or lining the beds with black polythene. What experience have the network had of this ?

Chemical Content One person suggested contacting the manufacturers in order to see what chemical treatments they use on boards, whilst the general consensus seems to be that there is not much of a risk from chemical leaching: “I can only suggest you" Google "scaffolding boards and find out who manufactures them and then email them.”

“If the scaffolding boards are old & well used/ condemned from use then the amount of chemicals in them will be low. I would be more concerned about using new boards to make raised beds.”

“ the boards-mmm I suspect in the grand scheme of things the chemical leach is minimal.”

“I've spoken to our snr O.T. who has a horticulture background. He thinks that there would be no chemicals etc in the boards, also the boards will be well weathered and should not spoil over time"

Treating the Boards,

“I think that painting the boards with a "safe" stain would help preserve the timber and also seal the older chemicals inside. That would also help with the looks of the boards & beds”

“Polythene or plastic lining would increase the certainty of not getting any chemicals into the raised bed soil but the chemicals would still leach out into the surrounding soil & the boards would rot quicker “

“There is a product with similar wood preservative qualities to cuprinol etc but made using natural material. I forget the name, i wonder if Reforesting Scotland might know the name. Pricey though!”

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