Hopes Grove Nurseries was established here at Hopes Grove Farm on July 1st 1992, initially in a very small corner of the 30 acre family farm with 2 tiny second-hand polytunnels and a small outside area growing our first crop of plants. To begin with we sold locally until the publication of our first mail order catalogue in 1994. From this point the business grew quickly to offer a wide range of Hedging Plants in smaller sizes sent to customers all over the country by parcel carrier.
By 1998 the nursery had grown to 2 acres of hedging plants in pots in a wider range of varieties and sizes, we began to grow larger bushy Root Ball plants in our fields, lifting and sending them fresh the same day with a pallet courier (often with the last order being hastily dug by hand while the lorry waited patiently in our muddy little yard!) We were the first nursery of our type to grow and sell our own larger hedging plants and we quickly filled the whole of our 30 acre Tenterden site with a huge variety of species over the next few years assembling an increasing collection of tractors and specialist machines to make our work a little less back breaking.
The quality and freshness of our plants was appreciated by gardeners and landscapers alike, we received the Gardening Which? hedging plant ‘Best Buy’ for both the Garden and native hedging plants they tested and have featured in many magazine and newspaper articles. Over the following years we progressed to printing a full colour catalogue and of course, built our website which is now a first point of contact for many of our customers having over 2000 photos of our plants you can see what you are ordering.
The site at Tenterden is now home to 500,000 hedging plants in pots across 16 acres, from small starter plants in 9cm pots through to plants of 2 metres and more and 5,000 metres of instant hedging troughs, all grown on site and delivered fresh to many thousands of customers all over the country. Over the last few years we have purchased 2 more sites bringing our total production to 137 acres including over 100,000 root ball hedging plants grown and sold each year, none of which could take place without our dedicated staff of 27 who work in all weathers to bring you such a complete range of Hedging Plants.
Our business has grown on recommendation, all of the staff in our sales office have first-hand experience working out on the nursery and so are well placed for any hedging plant questions or advice you may need, and you can of course order on the website!
Almost everything is produced on site, giving us complete control over all aspects of plant quality and handling. This is backed up by the friendly advice our dedicated, specialist team members offer our customers. Our unique, high quality standard of service means you get complete peace of mind when ordering.