As the UK’s second largest Garden Centre Group, we are delighted to announce a long-term collaboration with the National Trust.
Launched in August 2022, the five-year collaboration will see the development of an exciting collection of seeds, bulbs and other plants that are inspired by the gardens the National Trust cares for.   
Through sales generated from the National Trust Collection by Blue Diamond, a minimum of 10% of the retail sales price per product will be given to the National Trust to help look after nature, beauty and history for everyone, forever. 

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The collaboration

The National Trust look after the greatest collection of historic gardens and garden plants under single ownership in Europe. They encompass more than 500 years of history and a vast range of garden styles and fashions. With more than 200 gardens in their care, from kitchen gardens to colourful displays of spring bulbs, rare and unusual trees, along with heritage rose gardens, the National Trust bring a shared passion for gardening to this collaboration.

The collaboration between Blue Diamond and the National Trust will result in the development of an exclusive collection which tell stories from the historic gardens cared for by the National Trust.  These stories will include plants, seeds and bulbs from some of the rare, heritage varieties that would have otherwise been lost, without the National Trust’s care.

Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/James Dobson

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A shared passion

Alongside a shared passion for gardens, both Blue Diamond and the National Trust are committed to caring for the environment - the National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity and this ethos flows through everything it does. 

Blue Diamond has taken many positive steps to reduce its impact on the environment and has implemented measures to reduce its carbon footprint. In 2021, Blue Diamond partnered with the Soil Association and is working with them to promote environmentally friendly and organic gardening.

Bulbs will be the first product launch within this collaboration, available from the end of August 2022. The collection will expand to include trees, bare root-roses and plants by the end of 2022. 

Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/John Millar

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'Preserved our heritage'

Michaela Davies, Brand Licensing Manager at the National Trust said: “We know that not only do our visitors love to explore the gardens we care for, but they also leave inspired to make changes in their own green spaces – however large or small. Therefore, this collaboration with Blue Diamond is a very logical one.

With both organisations also sharing a commitment to sustainable product production and featuring heritage, rare and unusual varieties; varieties that would have been lost without the National Trust’s care. This is a wonderful collection for both passionate gardeners and those just dipping their toes.”

Alan Roper, Managing Director of the Blue Diamond Group said: “The National Trust is a much loved and cherished institution and I am pleased that our collaboration with the National Trust will provide funding for this charitable organisation who for the past 127 years have preserved our heritage and open spaces for all to enjoy. I look forward to unlocking their rich heritage of plant species which will be grown on our nursery, and be on sale over the coming years within our garden centres.”

Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Richard Pink | Sampler, dated 1778, Montacute House

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2022 Bulb Collections

The National Trust bulb collection will include a narcissus fill-a-box with a selection of 28 varieties as well as a collection of bulbs for naturalizing including tulips, alliums, fritillaria and snowdrops in pack sizes and ready-to-plant hand biodegradable bulb trays.

The collection of bulbs will be available at Blue Diamond Garden centres from the end of August 2022.  Prices starting from £4.99. We look forward to launching trees later in the year, the Powis Castle bare root collection of roses in late September/early October and a full collection to include seeds, roses and plants are in the pipeline and will be launching in Spring 2023. 

Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

The Powis Castle Rose Collection

The Powis Castle Rose Collection

Image Credit: ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Powis Castle (Welsh: Castell Powys) is a medieval, Grade I listed castle, fortress and grand country house near Welshpool, in Powys, Wales.

The seat of the Herbert family, Earls of Powis, the castle is known for its formal gardens and for its interiors, the former having been described as "the most important", and the latter "the most magnificent", in Wales. The castle and garden are under the care of the National Trust. 

Blue Diamond are pleased to showcase a wonderful collection of bare root roses, inspired by the gardens, which will be called 'The Powis Castle Rose Collection'.

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Roses inspired by the National Trust

View a unique collection of roses, which have been inspired by the National Trust, including rosa Octavia Hill, named after one of the key founders of the National Trust, along with roses named after National Trust properties such as Biddulph Grange, Tatton and Dunham Massey, and not forgetting rosa National Trust.

National Trust inspired roses are available to pre-order online now by clicking here and will be available to buy as potted roses in all Blue Diamond Garden Centres from April 2023. 

Potted roses will also be available online from April 2023.

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