From our 40-acre container site in Shropshire, we produce and contract-grow a huge variety of plants, shrubs and trees, which is supplemented with specialised stock from our trusted network of UK and European-based suppliers.
Boningale have been examining the fundamental building blocks of our processes and IT systems to make sure we work as efficiently and accurately as possible.
From a starting point of creating unique part numbers that are consistent for each product, we have moved on to introduce barcoding and scanners to control stock movements and ensure traceability and accurate plant identification.
This is ever more important as we expand our UK operations and take maximum precautions against imported pests and diseases.
Boningale takes its responsibilities for industry collaboration very seriously and in 2017 we worked with other nurseries and the HTA to trial the first plant health audit.
To help us reduce use of chemicals we have taken measures to investigate more natural processes.
For example we use the predatory Amblyseius andersoni mite to prevent red spider mite infestations, use temperature data to ensure correct application of nematodes to compost to protect against vine weevil, and also apply an inoculum of beneficial microorganisms like protozoa, fungi and bacteria to boost the health and resilience of our plants.
A rain garden is a planted area designed to reduce the amount of water running off into drainage systems.