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Green-tech and Carbon Gold link for landscaper product range

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Award winning landscaping supplier Green-tech today announces a product partnership with world leading biochar company Carbon Gold, resulting in the launch of three new products for the landscaping industry.

Green-tree Topsoil, Green-tree Amenity Tree Soil and Green-tree Roof Garden Substrates will now be available to the industry pre-blended with Carbon Gold’s Tree Growth Enhancer to significantly increase survival rates of trees and plants.

Trialled at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories at the University of Reading, Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar Tree Growth Enhancer reduces losses and improves the health of trees.Proven to increase vitality and growth, and minimise drought stress, Carbon Gold’s enriched biochar enables better resilience in harsh conditions.

The benefits of biochar

Biochar acts like a sponge, significantly improving the water-holding capacity of soil or compost. It minimises drought stress for newly planted trees, reducing the frequency of irrigation and significantly raising survival rates. Enriched biochar reduces fertiliser inputs as it helps to retain mineral nutrients that would otherwise be leached away by rain. It also provides an ideal refuge for mycorrhizal colonies which are essential for healthy root systems.

Green-tree’s range of topsoils and growing media is one of the most comprehensive in the industry; Green-tree soils are manufactured to British Standard BS3882:2007 and offer high nutrient content, fertility value and structural components for the successful establishment of plants, trees and shrubs. With added biochar, Green-tree substrates provide the ultimate environment for successful development and offer landscape contractor’s essential assurances.

Mark Wood, Green-tree Business Manager, comments: “Carbon Gold’s biochar blends are one of the best kept secrets in landscaping. They are effective in the cultivation of plants and trees, providing biology and activating natural defence systems.

Green-tech has led from the fore for many years and I am particularly excited about our partnership with Carbon Gold. The blend of Green-tree soils with enriched biochar is a progressive development for the landscaping industry and a commitment to our long term investment in soils.”

Craig Sams, Executive Chairman, Carbon Gold added: “It is vital that the importance and health of soils is better understood. No matter what the quality of rootstock or containerised plants or trees – when these are planted into poor soil with limited biology and fertility it will create stress and inevitably, costly losses.

Thanks to Green-tech’s pioneering product development, the landscaping industry now has unique access to purchase organic-rich topsoil enhanced with Carbon Gold’s biochar. This will benefit the transplanting and establishment of any new plantings and deliver long term drought and resilience. Survival rates are highly important, especially at a time where overall industry losses are high and ongoing site maintenance costs are under pressure from reduced budgets.”

Green-tree Soils and Growing Media blended with Carbon Gold’s Tree Growth Enhancer are available from Green-tech now.

Ends// 14-04-15


Notes to editor: Green-tech Ltd is a leading UK supplier to the landscaping, forestry and horticultural industries, distributing products that help to protect, enhance and improve plants and their environment. Founded in North Yorkshire in 1994, Green-tech services the requirements of Landscape Contractors, Construction Companies and Professional Growers nationwide. A family business employing 50 local staff, Green-tech is a £10 million plus turnover business.

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Carbon Gold was established to help mitigate climate change and support sustainable growing and landscaping through the development of biochar-based products and projects which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and improve soil fertility; growing healthy, longer lasting, low maintenance plants. Carbon Gold believes that biochar can play a significant role in the fight against climate change and actively supports and promotes biochar research in relation to soil health. Converting woody waste into biochar results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions than if it had been burnt or left to rot. The process results in a stable form of carbon that is removed from the atmospheric carbon cycle when added as a soil amendment.

Info: Contact: Tel: 0117 2440032

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