A FOREST nursery near Whitchurch has been talking about its international work to the local MP.

MP for Clywd South, Simon Baynes, recently visited Maelor Forrest Nurseries near Bronington and learnt more about the organisation and met with staff.

Maelor Forrest Nurseries is owned by BSW Group and it grows an extensive range of commercial forestry and native, marketing 35 million trees a year throughout the UK and Europe and it supplies Natural Resources Wales with trees for the Welsh national tree planting targets.

Mr Baynes said it was fascinating to see the results of the company's investment.

He added: "It was a pleasure to visit Maelor Forest Nurseries near Bronington and to learn more about their leading position in the tree nursery business in the UK.

"It was also fascinating to see the results of the large amount of investment they have made in advanced environmental techniques in tree growing which will ensure that Maelor Forest Nurseries continues to be a market leader in both tree sales and environmentally sustainable growing processes.


"I would like to thank the team at Maelor Forest Nurseries for having me to visit and I wish them every success for the future."

Mr Baynes met with the director of the nursery, Mark O'Neill and Ben Goh, the commercial manager and discussed how it helped with environmental targets and he was shown round the laboratory where advanced environmental techniques for growing trees are being developed.

Maelor Forest Nurseries has recently invested £4 million in a large forest greenhouse for improved tree seedling production.

Ben Goh said it was great to show Mr Baynes around.

He added: "Maelor Forest Nurseries is wholly committed to the UK’s efforts to increase forest and woodland cover and it was great to be able to show Simon what we do on the nursery.

"The Welsh national targets are crucially important and the engagement of all relevant stakeholders will be a key element in their delivery."