The UK's largest grower of trees and shrubs
for the amenity and commercial markets

Call us today on 0116 241 2115

Opening Hours

JCN Nursery Sites

Mon – Thurs 7.40 am to 4.30 pm, Fri 7.40 am to 3.30 pm

JCN Office

Mon - Thurs 7.40 am to 5 pm, Friday 7.40 am to 3.30 pm

Our Products

At Coles Nurseries we endeavour to offer the complete service from product enquiry, quotation, confirmation and supply, through to the delivery to our customers. Our sales team will process your product enquiry within 3 days, giving a quote number that allows quick and accurate follow-up and review of your product enquiry.

If the exact plant and size is not listed in the Our Products section we can still endeavour to source it. During more than 100 years of trading we have developed excellent trading relationships with a range of specialist suppliers in the UK and across Europe to meet all your needs.

We deliver throughout the UK Mainland, mainly using articulated lorries. We offer free delivery on all orders over £1,750.00 (Ex VAT) within 100 miles of the nursery. For any orders below £1,750.00 (Ex VAT) within 100 miles, we may charge £125.00 for delivery; we will advise if this is to be charges at the time of quotation/order. Any orders that are outside of these criteria will be charged at an agreed delivery rate. Please contact us for further details.


Who we are

James Coles and Sons (Nurseries) Ltd are the UK’s largest grower of trees and shrubs for the amenity and commercial markets. Based in the East Midlands, we supply stock nationwide via our own delivery vehicles to clients including landscapers, garden designers, wholesale nurseries and local authorities, for projects ranging from new housing developments and business parks, to show gardens and plants for private individuals.

We operate across numerous production sites totalling more than 550 acres, giving us the capacity to grow more than 1.2 million trees and 2.4 million shrubs. Our team of over 100 staff grow, care for and supply these plants with a wealth of knowledge and experience; we’re proud to say that over 50% of our staff have been employed for more than ten years, many having been with the company for over twenty or even thirty years!

This means you can be sure we know what we’re doing, and are capable of supplying you with a top quality product and service. You can find out more about our production sites here.


Coles Nurseries is a wholesale nursery


If you are a retail customer please visit the
Coles Plant Centre website


Our Story

Coles Nurseries was established in 1913 by James Coles (the current James Coles’ great-grandfather) with the purchase of an eight acre site in Evington, Leicester. Joined by his sons William and Fred in 1917 and 1921 respectively, the company was initially required to grow and supply fruit and vegetables due to the War, with production of Nursery stock kept to a minimum. After the War, the company was able to focus solely on the production of nursery plants and soon become known as a high-end retail nursery.

The company continued operations in this way until after World War II, when William and Fred, now running the company, decide to move fully into the production of wholesale plants. Over the following years the Company expanded massively; acquiring several new sites, hiring new members of staff and increasing production capacity exponentially.



(21 ACRES)

Thurnby is home to our head office, propagation unit, dispatch yard and retail plant centre, providing space for around 250,000 container shrubs, from p9-3 Litre, as well as five acres of glasshouse.



(375 ACRES)

Our largest site by far, Gaddesby with it's 10 million gallon reservoir is home to over 1 million container plants, 1.1 million field grown trees and our newly expanded range of Air-Pot trees. Being our coldest most exposed site, this is where the majority of our hardy amenity plants are produced.



(60 ACRES)

The site that produces the majority of our more delicate, ornamental shrubs. Syston holds around 1 million container plants and 100,000 field grown trees, as well as five acres of glasshouse.



(42 ACRES)

One of our three tree-only production sites, Stoughton holds around 250,000 of our 1-5 year old field grown trees, most of which are varieties of Betula.

New Field


(38 ACRES)

Located just across the road from our head office, New Field is our 2nd oldest site after Thurnby and produces around 150,000 non-rosaceous field-grown trees.

Market Deeping


(20 ACRES)

Our newest nursery, this nursery supports our expanding range and numbers of C5 woody ornamentals, grasses and herbaceous stock lines.



A selection of projects we’ve been involved in, showcasing the diversity of our portfolio. Whatever the scale, Coles Nurseries’ stock consistently meets clients’ needs in volume, quality and price.

LOROS “Always remembered Memorial Garden 2019”
LOROS “Always remembered Memorial Garden 2019”
LOROS “Always remembered Memorial Garden 2019”

In late July 2019 Coles Nurseries along with East Midlands Landscaping was contacted by LOROS to ask if we would assist and support with the building of a remembrance garden for their “Always Remembered” event in Jubilee Square, Leicester.

The Triangle, Cambridge
The Triangle, Cambridge
The Triangle, Cambridge

Called The Triangle, this new international headquarters will bring together all Cambridge Assessment’s Cambridge-based staff, currently based in 11 different offices across the city, under one roof. The site is on what was previously Cambridge University Press’s Edinburgh Building.

Bicester Village
Bicester Village
Bicester Village

Bicester Village is home to more than 160 boutiques of world-famous brands, as well as restaurants and cafés, located just an hour from London.

Local housing and show homes
Local housing and show homes
Local housing and show homes

We continue to supply many local landscapers with a range of trees and shrubs that are being used in the local Leicestershire area. We have supplied show homes and housing plots in; Scraptoft, Queniborough, Birstal, Sileby, Hamilton, Syston and many more. Many of the plants are grown and supplied

King Richard III Visitor Centre – Leicester
King Richard III Visitor Centre – Leicester
King Richard III Visitor Centre – Leicester

We have had the pleasure of completing work in the central courtyard garden of Leicester’s King Richard III Visitor Centre. One of the ideas behind the new garden design was to link it to the gardens of Leicester Cathedral across the road and choose plants that were relevent to the king. In one