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Flood Packs

In addition to a range of native and productive species already available, we are now offering ready-mixed riverside packs to provide an initial step towards flood prevention planting.

Erratic and unseasonal weather is becoming increasingly common in the UK, with damage and disruption to thousands of homes and businesses becoming almost commonplace.

Yet again, the winter of 2015-16 saw severe adverse weather across the UK and with climate change becoming ever-apparent – more natural and effective solutions at water management are being explored, including the planting of trees to reduce flood flows and improve infiltration rates of woodland soils.

Each mix includes a range of species specifically suited to watercourse and surrounding areas and can be supplemented by other species to suit local soils and landscape – please visit our retail site for more details:

In addition to the use of specific species in the immediate vicinity of water courses, larger-scale plantations in the surrounding area will further emphasise the role of woodlands in water management – please contact our Sales Office for any enquiries.


Conifers for Colleges

Everyone involved in our industry over the past few years has seen many of our beloved conifers hit by successive rounds of disease and there have been increasing calls to consider our long term options.  At Alba, we began to grow ‘alternative conifers’ so that we could provide plants for trials, but also find out more about how these species can be best grown on the nursery.  Whilst foresters are looking at silviculture and sawmillers are looking at timber values, the nursery trade must look at growing these trees to an acceptably high quality standard at the lowest price, so Alba has been trialling many different growing methods to reduce the cost to the minimum possible which will allow industry to make an informed decision about the viability of each species.





In 2014, we were approached by the Royal Forestry Society to partner them in an exciting project concerning alternative conifers in an educational and research context.  They presented the ‘Conifers for Colleges’ Project:

Aim: Improve the level of understanding around conifers while also providing a valuable forestry Conifers_Collegeslearning resource to improve the knowledge and skills of the forestry sector as a whole.


  • Raise awareness for the value both commercially and socially of conifers in the UK.
  • Provide forestry/arboriculture students with the opportunity to gain practical forestry learning opportunities.
  • Provide colleges with a forestry based onsite learning and research facility.
  • Research the potential of a range of new (novel) species for their value within the timber

Alba offered to donate alternative conifers to 5 Colleges, who would plant the trees within an agreed layout and monitor progress.  Tubex also kindly agreed to donate tree shelters.  The 5 Colleges were:

On 5 November 2014, the project was launched with the first planting at Moulton College and we wish it all the very best and hope that it contributes to the learning of our young foresters.