Fruit and Nut
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We are a specialist supplier of fruit and nut trees. We supply cobnuts, walnuts, chestnuts, heartnuts, almonds, apples, apricots, peaches, plums, damsons, cherries, pears, quince, medlar, mulberries, blueberries, aronia, ground-cover raspberries and many other less-common fruit and nut varieties.
All cultivars offered are suitable for Irish conditions. For the full range of stock available in 2014/15, please refer to the ordering page.
We offer a consultancy service on fruit and nut growing in Ireland, undertake orchard establishment and maintenance work, and can advise on municipal or community nut and fruit tree planting projects. We can also provide technical assistance with applications for grant-aided projects. Site visits can be arranged upon request.
We also run one and two day horticultural workshops on a wide range of topics.
We are particularly interested in supporting the establishment of orchard projects with long-term strategic value in terms of local food security. We are currently providing technical assistance in the establishment of several commercial-scale cobnut orchards (each involving 600+ trees) and one walnut orchard of 100+ trees (probably the largest nut orchards ever to be planted in Ireland).
This season we are offering an even bigger range of fruiting trees and shrubs. Among the new items are almonds, heartnuts, peaches, and also an increased range of apples and pears (particularly cider apples and perry pears). We are also offering an greater selection of fruit trees on dwarfing rootstocks aimed specifically at the urban gardener.
Fruit and Nut is a not-for-profit enterprise fully committed to sustainable and ethical best practice. The nursery supports fair wages, worker involvement in decision making, and education within the workplace.
Both the carbon footprint and non-recycleable waste stream of the nursery are very small, perhaps only half the size of the typical European household. Ninety-eight percent of compostable materials are recycled/reused on site.
"We're not so much a business as a steward of the piece of earth we use, a time traveller, passing from the era of oil into whatever comes next. Trees live a long time. There are nut trees alive in Ireland today, that were planted three or even four centuries ago. And quite likely, in 300 years - ten generations - time there will be trees still alive in Ireland that originated at this nursery. We look at the global warming and the changing climate. And we look at peak oil and then the utter dependency of the global food supply on easy oil. Within the lifetime of people alive today, multinational food supply chains will cannibalise themselves. If food production doesn't become more localised, there won't be a food supply.
It's very strange. Is it nuts, or (in nursery vernacular) cobs? Who, among those with a long-term view, would bet against climate change? Do you wait another twenty years or start planning ahead now? It feels a bit like looking down the wrong end of a telescope, that if you reach far enough, you can reach to the future." Andy Wilson
Please note we are not a garden centre. While we provide a collection facility for customers, we are unable to accommodate casual callers. Collection by appointment only.
Cider and Perry
Information for the intending cider apple grower
Information for the intending perry pear grower
Varieties available: fruit and berries
Varieties available: Nuts