Alpine Nurseries owners Peter and Kay Knox at the official opening of their Alstonville business.
Alpine Nurseries owners Peter and Kay Knox at the official opening of their Alstonville business. Marc Stapelberg

Plant wholesaler celebrates end of 12-year development

ALPINE Nurseries Alstonville was officially opened yesterday – 12 years after it started operating.

The occasion marked the end of development at the wholesale business, to five acres used for growing very large trees.

Managing director Peter Knox said the 50ha site on Ellis Rd was something to be proud of in the region.

“We planned the nursery to be self-sufficient with water,” he said.

“We have three retention dams, so all our irrigation, all the stormwater run-off goes to our dams and is recycled.

“We’re very proud of this place and we’re very proud of our people here.”

The property was custom designed by water management consultant Chris Rolfe.

“The location boasts minimal waste and maximum conservation,” Mr Rolfe said.

“The site uses the very latest technology to ensure efficiencies, including a potting machine that can pot 15,000 plants a day.”

Alpine Nurseries Alstonville was the winner of the National Large Production Nursery Award in 2011 and 2014.



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