Company making it BIG at Chelsea

PUBLISHED: 12:02 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:11 06 May 2010

Matthias Anton with the trees

Matthias Anton with the trees

A COMPANY is branching out in order to make a big impression at the Chelsea Flower Show next week. Deepdale Trees has been carefully transporting species of oak and hornbeam trees from its 139-acre Tithe Farm site in Potton to seven major show gardens at

A COMPANY is branching out in order to make a big impression at the Chelsea Flower Show next week.

Deepdale Trees has been carefully transporting species of oak and hornbeam trees from its 139-acre Tithe Farm site in Potton to seven major show gardens at Chelsea.

The operation has meant all 20 staff on the Potton site, which has 14,000 trees, have been working, sometimes around the clock, to make sure the trees are in the peak of condition for the world's most famous horticultural show.

The dry weather and cold snap at the end of the winter has meant many of the trees have still to show their full spring growth which has posed a number of problems for the farm.

Now, though, Deepdale Trees managing director Matthias Anton says his trees will be the best and biggest at the show and he is now preparing for next year's show because his trees have become so popular.

"Everything has been delivered and is in place and we are looking forward to going to the show and seeing the trees in all their glory," said Mr Anton.

"Eight lorries have transported the trees to Chelsea. Some of the trees are over 50 years old and it has meant a lot of hard work from the staff here making sure everything went smoothly.

"At least this year we won't have to bring the threes back to Potton. They have all been sold by either the designers of the gardens at the show or have been bought by the sponsors.

"Many of the trees were selected by the designers a year ago and we are now working on finding the ideal trees for next year's show."

The weather, though, has caused a few headaches.

"Nature is two weeks behind. Some trees still haven't got their leaves," said Mr Anton.

"Cold weather and little rain has pushed everything behind but the trees will eventually catch up. But at least we have got this year's Chelsea flower show out of the way and can get on and plan for next year.

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