The sun shone as the crowds gathered for the annual open day at the nursery in Aherla, Co Cork on Wednesday, September 22nd. The day was a great success with attendees drawn from both the public and private sectors with local authorities, landscape architects, garden designers, landscape contractors and other industry professionals all well represented.

Ronan Nangle led the nursery tour to see the amenity and ornamental tree stock including the newer plantations and mature specimens. Practical demonstrations included the process of lifting and root balling trees, lifting of bareroot trees with an examination of the vitally important fibrous root systems and correct tree care techniques. Discussions centered on the soil improvement practices which we have implemented over the past number of years, and the importance of nursery operations like transplanting, effective pruning, and overall crown development. A keenly debated topic was the importance of correctly specifying trees and the merits of Irish grown trees for Irish conditions over European imports.

After a well-earned lunch served in the sunshine, a special feature of the day was the launch of a photo essay book of a year in the life of the nursery. The book showcases the trees through the seasons, both in the nursery and around the country, and also the people and processes that are an essential part of Nangle and Niesen. Gary Graham of Bord Bia generously hosted this part of the day and spoke very kindly about the history and his memories of the business as it has grown into what it is today.

Lifting of root ball and bareroot stock for sale will begun in earnest from the beginning of November and enquiries are welcome from both trade customers and the private clients. Visits to the nursery are always welcome by appointment.