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University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Tue 29 May 2018

University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is the first new university botanic garden to be created for nearly 40 years. Covering 1.77 hectares in the Stoke Bishop area of Bristol, it is home to four core plant collections:
  • Evolution
  • Mediterranean climate regions
  • Local flora and rare native plants
  • Useful plants

Curator Nick Wray, who was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour in 2016 for his distinguished services to horticulture, selected British Sugar TOPSOIL’s HortLoam premier planting soil to establish the Garden’s new specialist peony collection. The peony garden forms the first phase of the Chinese Culture Garden within the ‘Useful plants’ collection.

20 tonnes of HortLoam was delivered to the botanic garden by British Sugar TOPSOIL in an 8-wheeled lorry in March 2018 and the peonies have already established well:

“The sandy loam topsoil provided by British Sugar has been vital in the establishment of our new specialist peony collection” Nick Wray explained. “Plants have settled in quickly and the soil structure enables excess to water to drain whilst moisture is retained, giving our plants the best possible start.

“Choosing this soil was the right choice and I am confident organic mulches we add will incorporate quickly and contribute to building a soil profile that benefits our plant collection in the long term.”

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