The UK's largest grower of trees and shrubs
for the amenity and commercial markets
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 offer free delivery on all orders of £1,250+, within a 150 mile radius of Leicester (P.O.A. on all orders below £1000 within the same radius) and free delivery within the UK mainland on orders of £5000+. Please note that for the majority of our deliveries we use articulated lorries. Please ask 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our newest nursery, this nursery supports our expanding range and numbers of C5 woody ornamentals, grasses and herbaceous stock lines.