Fruit and Nut
Updated 28th January 2017
The new order form and catalogue/price list for 2017 is here: Order form
Global Warming and Food Security Convention
Deep Blue: Facing up to non-reversible climate change. The melting of the polar summer ice and the prospects for human civilisation
Venue: Fruit and Nut Nursery, Westport
Date: Sunday 4th June 2017 (with additional workshop Monday 5th June)
More details here
Report warns of food security risks from global warming
A new report published in the UK warns of food security risks from global warming. One of the priorities flagged by the report is to 'assess the nature and scale of changing land suitability and its impacts, including by conducting further research into more resilient crop varieties, tree species, livestock regimes and farming systems'.
The report goes on to warn of the 'deterioration of high-grade agricultural land: due to increasing soil aridity, reduced water availability for irrigation, the depletion of soil organic matter, and sea level rise...the proportion of agricultural land in England and Wales classed as ‘best and most versatile’ (Grades 1, 2 and 3a) is projected to decline from 38% to 9% by the 2050s under a high climate change scenario. Current crop production in areas of eastern England and Scotland could become unviable due to the combination of drying soils and lack of dependable water supplies for use on farms.'
Similar impacts on food production are likely to occur in Ireland too. To download the report, click here (4MB)
New for 2017 - Hickories and hicans
Hickory is a cousin of the walnut, native to North America. Although named varieties are untested in Ireland, they have good potential on dry warm sites. Hicans are a pecan-hickory hybrid, much more tolerant of Irish conditions than pecans. This is the first time hican trees have been available in Ireland. The nursery is offering three varieties: Burton, Wescheke (Hican) and Yoder (Shagbark Hickory). Only a small number of trees will be available and we anticipate they will sell out very fast. More info here
The Future is Trees
The Future is Trees is a Fruit and Nut initiative that seeks to establish long-term sustainable woodland, land rehabilitation and orchard projects the purpose of which is to provide knowledge and inspiration to others.
For more information on the Future is Trees initiative, click here
Barerooted season 2017
We begin lifting trees again at the end of November. As usual, we always welcome advance orders (advisable for popular lines or varieties in short supply). A 50 percent deposit is required to secure the order.
The website will be updated over the next few weeks in preparation for the 2017 season
Tree news 2017
Juglans nigra x regia hybrids. Very fast growing tree (more vigorous than Juglans nigra) with excellent timber potential in Ireland (not suitable for nut production). Ideal for agro-forestry projects.
More on agroforestry here
Owing to limited supply, named varieties of sweet chestnuts are already sold out for the 2017 season. A small number of trees may become available in February. Please contact us for further information.
Cider apple trees
We are now taking orders for cider apple trees for the 2017 season. To avoid disappointment we advise ordering early
For further details, click here
Support for Other Nut Trialling Projects
The nursery can provide a range of supports for nut trialling projects undertaken by other landowners, including low-cost site assessments and assistance with tree maintenance. Please contact us for further details.
Growing Cobnuts in Ireland
An examination of the commercial potential for growing cobnuts in Ireland. Updated version (November 2014) now available upon request
We are now stockists of air-pots, the revolutionary pot designed specifically for healthy root development and maximise aeration. Stylish and durable - nearly impossible to break - and very long lasting.
More information can be found here