Habitat Aid Ltd
We promote and sell British native trees, hedging, aquatic plants, wildflower seed and heritage fruit trees, which we source from a community of small specialist UK nurseries and growers. We also offer groundwork, planting and seeding as well as ecological services through our network of partners.
We think the local origin and distinctiveness of plants isn’t just important for biodiversity, but also culturally. Over the last century we have lost swathes of our most important and attractive habitats, including almost all of our wildflower meadows. This is a terrible - and continuing - loss for all of us.
People just aren't aware of the collapse in biodiversity associated with the continuing loss of these habitats.
It's difficult for them to know what to do to reverse this decline. Sometimes plants for sale are grown using pesticides which then harm the insects feeding from them. The wildflower seed business is opaque and unregulated; quality and provenance vary enormously. “Native” trees and hedging are routinely sourced from Europe, as are British fruit tree varieties. Native pond plants are often contaminated by invasive non-native weeds.
We sell people the right plants and seeds, from the right suppliers. We're now a significant customer for some of these typically small, family run businesses. We promote these companies through our websites, which also include specialist retail sites selling seed harvested from wildflower meadows and British pond plants.
We have close links to a number of specialist science based UK conservation charities. Their work is as important as it is underfunded. We donate half of profits from online retail sales to these kind of NGOs, as well as to community planting and seeding schemes on application. Over the last three years these donations have amounted to c. £50,000.
Some of our recent higher profile projects have included landscaping over 70 solar farms. The two largest of these were each over 200 acres. Our corporate clients have included Charlie Bigham, the Co-op, Good Energy, Hillier’s Nurseries, Nestle, M&S, and Noble Foods. We also supply and advise a number of government organisations and NGOs, and garden designers including Tom Stuart-Smith.
We are not physically open to the public and carry no stock at our administrative office.