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British Wool: A sustainable choice for our tree shelters

British Wool: A sustainable choice for our tree shelters

Our Managing Director, Gary, embarked on four years of research to find the perfect material to create an eco-friendly, biodegradable and environmentally degradable yet durable tree shelter. He chose British wool, and for good reason, because, as well as supporting an...

ALERT – Facebook Scam

ALERT – Facebook Scam

It’s been brought to our attention that there is a Facebook profile impersonating Gary Hurlstone and NexGen Tree Shelters and selling items on Facebook Marketplace. We have notified Facebook, but in the meantime, please be aware that Gary does not have a Facebook...

We’ve been nominated for The Earthshot Prize 2024!

We’ve been nominated for The Earthshot Prize 2024!

We’re delighted to have been nominated for this year’s Earthshot Prize. Although there’s a long way to go before we find out if we’ve made it to the final (we probably won’t hear until October), being nominated is a significant recognition of what we set out to do...

The first Wool Eisteddfod at The Senedd

The first Wool Eisteddfod at The Senedd

As part of October's ‘Wool Month’, the first Wool Eisteddfod was held at The Senedd in Cardiff. Celebrating innovation in Welsh wool, it was organised by the Welsh Wool Alliance in partnership with British Wool, who kindly exhibited one of NexGen’s tree shelters on...

The Woodland Trust and Soil Association Agroforestry Event

The Woodland Trust and Soil Association Agroforestry Event

The inaugural Agroforestry event, held last week on the farm of Soil Association Chief Executive Helen Browning, was a ‘blazing success’ in every sense. Organised jointly by The Woodland Trust and The Soil Association, visitors ‘enjoyed’ record temperatures and the...

Exciting evidence of biodegradation on trial site

Exciting evidence of biodegradation on trial site

Being able to define biodegradability for a product that lasts 5 -7 years is highly complex. Whilst there are a number of tests available, they are generally for short life-span products such as weed mulch, which only needs to last three months. The key for innovative...

Infographic: Why CNSL matches our values

Infographic: Why CNSL matches our values

When Gary began designing NexGen’s tree shelters, he knew he wanted to use materials that were ideally a waste product, plentiful, sustainable and kind to the environment. His research led him to cashew nutshell liquid (CNSL), a by-product of the cashew nut industry....

An optimal growing environment for today’s changing climate

An optimal growing environment for today’s changing climate

The current very high temperatures and almost tropical thunderstorms have made us think about the climate inside tree shelters. We realise it should move further up the hierarchy of considerations when choosing which shelters to use. Tim Oliver has a small trial plot...

Groundswell 2023

Groundswell 2023

Groundswell is billed as the regenerative agriculture festival, or to adapt the sentiment behind Cloths of Heaven by WB Yates, ‘how to tread lightly on the earth.’ We make our tree shelters from unsaleable waste or by-products of the food industry, including British...

The ARB Show 2023 at Westonbirt

The ARB Show 2023 at Westonbirt

This month, Tim Oliver, our technical sales director, went to the Arb Association show at Westonbirt.  The Arboricultural Association ARB Show is the UK's biggest show dedicated to arboriculture, promising a unique experience for all those with a passion for trees and...

Why the sheep’s wool tree shelter is the way forward

Why the sheep’s wool tree shelter is the way forward

There’s so much that’s interesting about NexGen tree shelters. Yes, they’re fully biodegradable, pH and ecotoxicity neutral. But did you know that the process NexGen use is similar to when forming fibreglass, except that our material is biodegradable. Or that their...

The Great Wool Weekend at RHS Rosemoor

The Great Wool Weekend at RHS Rosemoor

The Great Wool Weekend takes place every year at the glorious gardens of RHS Rosemoor in Devon. The two-day event is a celebration of the many ways wool and yarn is used practically and creatively in our daily lives, a subject close to our hearts. So we were delighted...

Tree shelter ties speed test: NexGen vs plastic

Tree shelter ties speed test: NexGen vs plastic

Contractors need to know how long it takes to install tree shelters when pricing up planting jobs. Plastic tree shelters are easy, as they’ve been installed many times over. However, NexGen shelters are new and a little heavier, and they have pre-installed metal ties...

Catching up with Scottish Woodlands’ trial site, Melrose

Catching up with Scottish Woodlands’ trial site, Melrose

Last month Gary Hurlstone and Tim Oliver travelled to Scotland to catch up with Scottish Woodlands foresters Michael Wilson and Ali McTavish at one of their trial sites near Melrose. Scottish Woodlands have proved to be supportive allies in the development of NexGen...

Feedback from the Durham Wildlife Trust trial

Feedback from the Durham Wildlife Trust trial

In the summer of 2021, as part of our ongoing research and development, we sent 4,000 NexGen tree shelters to trial sites across the UK. We’re grateful to everyone who’s helping us run the trials and really appreciate their feedback. Laura Tedstone works for Durham...

Interview with Tomorrow’s Forests

Interview with Tomorrow’s Forests

Tim Oliver was delighted to talk to Dr Simone Webber, Senior Ecologist at Tomorrow's Forests, about our 100% biodegradable, British wool-based tree shelters. Tomorrow’s Forests specialise in planting trees, creating habitats, and restoring biodiversity throughout the...

British Wool: A sustainable choice for our tree shelters

British Wool: A sustainable choice for our tree shelters

Our Managing Director, Gary, embarked on four years of research to find the perfect material to create an eco-friendly, biodegradable and environmentally degradable yet durable tree shelter. He chose British wool, and for good reason, because, as well as supporting an...

ALERT – Facebook Scam

ALERT – Facebook Scam

It’s been brought to our attention that there is a Facebook profile impersonating Gary Hurlstone and NexGen Tree Shelters and selling items on Facebook Marketplace. We have notified Facebook, but in the meantime, please be aware that Gary does not have a Facebook...

We’ve been nominated for The Earthshot Prize 2024!

We’ve been nominated for The Earthshot Prize 2024!

We’re delighted to have been nominated for this year’s Earthshot Prize. Although there’s a long way to go before we find out if we’ve made it to the final (we probably won’t hear until October), being nominated is a significant recognition of what we set out to do...

The first Wool Eisteddfod at The Senedd

The first Wool Eisteddfod at The Senedd

As part of October's ‘Wool Month’, the first Wool Eisteddfod was held at The Senedd in Cardiff. Celebrating innovation in Welsh wool, it was organised by the Welsh Wool Alliance in partnership with British Wool, who kindly exhibited one of NexGen’s tree shelters on...

The Woodland Trust and Soil Association Agroforestry Event

The Woodland Trust and Soil Association Agroforestry Event

The inaugural Agroforestry event, held last week on the farm of Soil Association Chief Executive Helen Browning, was a ‘blazing success’ in every sense. Organised jointly by The Woodland Trust and The Soil Association, visitors ‘enjoyed’ record temperatures and the...

Exciting evidence of biodegradation on trial site

Exciting evidence of biodegradation on trial site

Being able to define biodegradability for a product that lasts 5 -7 years is highly complex. Whilst there are a number of tests available, they are generally for short life-span products such as weed mulch, which only needs to last three months. The key for innovative...

Infographic: Why CNSL matches our values

Infographic: Why CNSL matches our values

When Gary began designing NexGen’s tree shelters, he knew he wanted to use materials that were ideally a waste product, plentiful, sustainable and kind to the environment. His research led him to cashew nutshell liquid (CNSL), a by-product of the cashew nut industry....

An optimal growing environment for today’s changing climate

An optimal growing environment for today’s changing climate

The current very high temperatures and almost tropical thunderstorms have made us think about the climate inside tree shelters. We realise it should move further up the hierarchy of considerations when choosing which shelters to use. Tim Oliver has a small trial plot...

Groundswell 2023

Groundswell 2023

Groundswell is billed as the regenerative agriculture festival, or to adapt the sentiment behind Cloths of Heaven by WB Yates, ‘how to tread lightly on the earth.’ We make our tree shelters from unsaleable waste or by-products of the food industry, including British...

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