Peat free vegetation at Tissington Nursery, Peak District


“Folks come to us particularly as a result of we develop in peat free compost,” says Mairi Longdon, who runs Tissington Nursery within the Peak District, specialising in peat free perennials. I’d stopped off for a break on an extended journey, discovering myself in a magical little village that’s a part of the previous property, like stepping again in time.

I discovered Mairi busy potting on vegetation and labelling subsequent to the attractive previous glasshouses surrounded by decorative vegetation, fruit bushes and herbs.


Mairi retains chickens on the nursery the place they actually rule the roost, roaming the aisles to maintain a verify on the inventory. They don’t appear to eat the vegetation on the market, solely the self sown vegetation beneath the benches.

Tissington Nursery is a pocket sized plant grower within the previous property’s walled kitchen backyard. The nursery has been peat free (to guard wild peatlands) for 5 years and Mairi has been doing as a lot as she will be able to to make the enterprise extra sustainable. Crops will be purchased mailorder by the web site.


The nursery is fortunate as a result of it will probably use the property’s previous pure water provides for the vegetation. This historic water system has met a contemporary one since 2022 when Mairi put in an irrigation system to assist deal with watering by the drought. This timed system in addition to trays makes for optimum water effectivity and fewer time manually watering.

The property effectively continues to circulation previous the nursery
Timed irrigation targets particular benches and pots

The little nursery is stuffed with a contemporary selection of thrilling perennials, from Monarda. Geranium and Helenium, to grasses and floor covers. I picked up a few new cultivars of Pulmonaria so as to add to my assortment.

Pots are transferring to the gray recyclable pots, as many vegetation as attainable are grown on web site, others reused, “we do what we will” says Mairi about her deal with going even additional with the sustainable enterprise.

I had a beautiful lengthy chat about life working the nursery. Mairi is an skilled plantsperson with a listing of RHS medals so long as her arm. After saying hey to her chickens too, I strolled across the peaceable property village with its roaming cattle, previous stream and delightful buildings. Selecting up a espresso and searching within the resident candlemakers workshop. When you’re within the space it’s price making a detour for.

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