What we do
The British Plant Nursery Guide is an independent organisation that works exclusively with small to medium sized nurseries to raise their profile to gardeners, the media and horticulture professionals.
The British Plant Nursery Guide provides a platform and a voice for independent nurseries and the financial benefits of being part of a national network whilst retaining their individuality – no two nurseries are the same and we like that.
We work on a local and national level across all sectors of horticulture from vast tree nurseries in Scotland to small specialist nurseries in Devon, and everything in between.
Our mission is to make people think about where they buy their plants and to consider quality and provenance, not just price. We aim to raise awareness of the benefits of British nurseries, and create a shift in attitude towards supporting smaller niche producers in a similar way to the food industry.
This will provide a huge boost to really help make independent nurseries the number one place for plants.
Plantaholic and entrepreneur Gilly Pollock, a former Senior Manager and FCIPD, founded the British Plant Nursery Guide alongside her husband David, who works in the media, in 2010. It was a lifelong love of gardening which lead to her starting a second career and studying RHS Horticulture at the Bristol Botanic Gardens.
In just a few years Gilly has moved from a kitchen table business, to her own offices, developing a high profile website, a massive range of contacts in horticulture and the media, plus a following of 1000s of keen gardeners and designers from all over Britain.
She has organised conferences and exhibited at shows, winning awards at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for three consecutive years. She has worked with all the leading horticultural magazines, is a Member of the Garden Media Guild and a Friend of the Society of Garden Designers. She is passionate about native wildflowers and has a small patch of an ancient meadow full of orchids in her Monmouthshire hillside garden.
In addition to her horticultural interests Gilly loves anything vintage, particularly classic cars, and is a Member of the Goodwood Road Racing Club. Her interest and eye for good design has lead her to study interior design. She is also a keen photographer and has a huge library of images, many of the her photographs appear on this website. She is also a self-confessed middle-aged geek and is hooked on social media and keeps up to date with all the latest technology news and trends in business as it offers so many opportunities for small independent nurseries. By contrast, Gilly is also passionate about farming and rural life and has a particular interest in sheep – after all she is Welsh!
Gilly’s career has now extended into the fruit industry where she runs an expanding and vibrant network for growers of cider apples and perry pears for the whole of the British cider making industry, and she gets free samples! She has also been involved in working with young people through the Apprenticeship Scheme for Cider and Top Fruit and works with the next generation of growers who will be the custodians of 1000s of acres of British orchards in the future.
With a great new team on board, Gilly and her colleagues are developing the British Plant Nursery Guide to the next level and would like to thank you for your continued support of British nursery men and women across the country who grow the best plants not only here but also in many cases the world, something Gilly feels very proud to be associated with.
Gilly’s passion and enthusiasm for growing, whether in ornamental plants and trees or fruit, will help in a small way to ensure a healthy future for horticulture in years to come.