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Positive TBebbing
(1 review)
On May 22, 2016, TBebbing Bath,
United Kingdom wrote:

I ordered two compact supercolumnar apple trees. The arrived packed well, have been planted and are now covered with leaves. I can't wait until next year when they start producing apples (the instructions were clear that you may not get apples the first year). There were quite a lot of varieties to choose from on their website with clear descriptions, so my biggest problem was which ones to choose!

Positive KarenandTom
(1 review)
On May 21, 2016, KarenandTom Berwick upon Tweed,
United Kingdom wrote:

In 2005 we planted a dessert apple ‘Redsleeves’ from Chris Bowers. It is now a strong, healthy tree giving a good crop of delicious small red apples with a firm, tangy flesh. It has been such a success that in November 2015 we ordered another to go in our orchard. The new Redsleeves arrived as expected and is a good, healthy young tree which has begun to grow well.

Positive JanKilpatrick
(1 review)
On May 21, 2016, JanKilpatrick Highlands,
United Kingdom wrote:

I have just bought a walnut tree from this company. It arrived well-packaged and in excellent condition and was a more mature tree than I expected. It is a beautiful shape and seems very sturdy. I am looking forward to seeing it settle in growing in our orchard.

Jan Kilpatrick

Positive ben93
(1 review)
On May 21, 2016, ben93 bexleyheath,
United Kingdom wrote:

I purchased some products from this company and had healthy and very good plants and had great customer service too. I would highly recommend for the speedy delivery too.

Positive Bryan1939
(1 review)
On May 21, 2016, Bryan1939 Brighton,
United Kingdom wrote:

Had consistent problems with gooseberry mildew, have now removed the bushes and replaced them with resistant varieties from Chris Bowers. Delivery was quick well packed and the plants look very healthy. I am hoping for great things time will tell. Happy with my dealings with this company.

Positive JacquiBurke
(1 review)
On May 21, 2016, JacquiBurke wrote:

As a first time buyer of fruit trees I found the information on the website very helpful. It enabled to select trees to meet my needs (including explaining the various rootstocks used and how these impact on the size of the trees - only time will tell). My trees arrived promptly and were well packaged with straw to protect them. The most useful thing was the planting and pruning information that was emailed to me following my order. I heeled them in as instructed and later planted them where they are to grow. They seem to be quite happy and are doing well. The instructions tell me how to prune them to fan train them which is what I plan to do. My only slight disappointment was how immature the trees were on arrival. I'm not convinced they will produce any fruit for some years but again time will tell. I would definitely buy from Chris Bowers again and have recommended them to my friend.

Positive richardbailey
(1 review)
On May 18, 2016, richardbailey wrote:

Brought 6 blackcurrant bushes from Chris Bowers Nurseys,(2 separate orders) and the delivery was in a timely manner and the quality of bushes was good. The bushes are still only small but loaded with flowers so expect a decent crop already. Thanks Chris Bowers - Rich Bailey.

Positive stephenbooth
(1 review)
On May 18, 2016, stephenbooth Nottingham,
United Kingdom wrote:

We used this company for the first time recently, and we've been very happy with the result. We ordered a Worcesterberry and a Karaka Black, but had left it too late to get bare root plants. We were advised promptly by email that the pot grown plants would take a few weeks to be ready. In fact, they arrived earlier than we expected and were in very good condition. They're now planted and growing nicely. For anyone interested in growing fruit, the range on their website seems very good, with some unusual varieties hard to find anywhere else.

Positive sibbaldi
(1 review)
On May 18, 2016, sibbaldi devon,
United Kingdom wrote:

I ordered an Arthur Turner M25 apple tree in February and it was delivered within the planting period. It looks a very sturdy healthy young tree, which at the moment is covered in blossom. No problems with ordering and a good quality plant.

Positive fredathepayne
(1 review)
On May 18, 2016, fredathepayne Lings Langley,
United Kingdom wrote:

Posted on April 16, 2015, updated May 18, 2016
Super-fast service, top class stock and excellent after-sales advise. What more can I say?
A1 nursery, would definitely buy again.

On May 18th, 2016, fredathepayne added the following:

Strawberry plants flourishing, lots of flowers and healthy growth,.
I am looking forward to a bumper crop - much better than wan looking plants I bought from another so-called fruit specialist nursery.
Well done Chris Bowers!
Positive jameschi
(1 review)
On Nov 30, 2015, jameschi Saillans,
France wrote:

Positive deandunn
(1 review)
On Apr 4, 2015, deandunn Norwich,
United Kingdom wrote:

The mini cordon Apple trees I bought from this nursery 2 years ago have been a great success and last Autumn we had a good first crop.
The Fiesta apple tree has over 15 fruits which was just amazing for such a young tree. 'Redsleeves' and 'Sunset' too had some nice fruits and I look forward to even better things in the coming years.
The 3 trees are only planted 20" apart but they seem to be thriving and haven't needed any pruning so far.

Positive reggiebaby1
(1 review)
On Mar 20, 2015, reggiebaby1 Hythe,
United Kingdom wrote:

My soft fruit bushes just arrived and look good, very prompt service and so well packed. Thank You.

Positive jimmyspeedo1
(1 review)
On Feb 14, 2015, jimmyspeedo1 ipswich,
United Kingdom wrote:

Having done some research on my fruit tree planting requirements, I rang three or four places to get advice and the experience was quite frustrating until I contacted this Nursery, the telephone was answered by a man who clearly knew exactly what he was talking about and could answer all of my questions without hesitation. This wasn't the case with the first 3 places I tried; two of them were clearly reading from a set list of 'answers to questions' and much of what they imparted to me didn't seem to have any relation to what I had asked and didn't answer my queries! And of the last, I was promised to be put through to an 'expert' but after listening to the telephone ringing for 5 minutes I gave up.
So top marks to Chris Bowers for obviously knowing what they are talking about, and the order came in good condition and promptly.

Positive papillio
(1 review)
On Feb 1, 2015, papillio Exeter,
United Kingdom wrote:

My father planted a lot of fruit trees and bushes, over many years when I was younger and I remember most - if not all - of them came from this nursery. Gosh they did well, every summer the trees seemed to be groaning with fruit, huge apples and big plums and pears and even a greengage tree as well. Most winters another package would turn up from Chris Bowers with more treasures inside, plants and trees that shaped my childhood memories.
I have checked up the Chris Bowers website and was delighted to still see them trading and such a big selection of varieties too. I do not have a garden so I cannot plant any of their delicious fruit trees but maybe one day I will be able to plant a little piece of my childhood from this nursery.

Positive denamarie2
(1 review)
On Jan 25, 2015, denamarie2 Lancaster,
United Kingdom wrote:

Received a lovely heirloom Gooseberry by return post, so well packed. Thank you Chris Bowers & Sons.

Positive briggsy1963
(1 review)
On Jan 18, 2015, briggsy1963 London,
United Kingdom wrote:

This Autumn had a great crop of big apples from the 'Jupiter' apple trees I bought from this nursery 3 years ago.
They provided a good service.
Jupiter is my favourite apple ever since I tasted some at a farm shop years afo. Although it's a bit more vigorous it's easier to grown than 'Cox's Orange' with less disease and the flavour is really full-on.

Positive pistolpete1967
(1 review)
On Jan 10, 2015, pistolpete1967 John O'Groats,
United Kingdom wrote:

Very good raspberry canes recieved well packed and with a helpful growing guide. Pleased.

Positive jeremyduncombe
(1 review)
On Dec 8, 2014, jeremyduncombe Kent,
United Kingdom wrote:

I was nervous about dealing with Chris Bowers after seeing negative comments on this website. I decided to give them a go, and placed an order over the Internet for fruit bushes and rhubarb crowns. The order was placed on Wednesday evening and arrived the following Monday morning. It was well packed and the plants look like good quality. Chris Bowers is not the cheapest supplier, but with service like this I will do business with them again.

Positive gattonero
(1 review)
On Aug 29, 2014, gattonero London,
United Kingdom wrote:

Posted on January 24, 2011, updated August 29, 2014
Posted on December 4, 2009, updated January 24, 2011
I received a small part of my order last spring. I waited and waited for my alpine strawberry plants to arrive - but they never did. Chris Bowers took the money from my credit card in May but never sent an invoice, a credit card receipt or even an acknowledgment of my order. Without this documentation, the credit card company can\'t help to get a refund. I have emailed and called often and only occasionally was able to speak to anyone. I asked for a refund in October and one person said yes - but I never received the refund. The last time I was able to get through by phone, I explained the situation and once I had stopped speaking, the person said they couldn\'t hear me! It is now December and I have not received my refund. I have now taken advice from Consumer Direct on 0845 404 0506.

On January 24th, 2011, gattonero added the following:

I check back occasionally and am always shocked that this kind of thing is still going on. I can only recommend that you contact the Trading Standards Officer at Norfolk County Council on 08454 04 05 06. They will help you.
On August 29th, 2014, gattonero changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

I was completly wrong. Chris Bowers took the time to get me the shrubs I needed to make my garden a masterpeice. I dont think Ill be able to shop anywhere else. Thank you Chris Bowers from the bottom of my heart
Positive louisedunn82
(3 reviews)
On Dec 2, 2012, louisedunn82 london,
United Kingdom wrote:

Posted on June 23, 2012, updated December 2, 2012
I ordered my Gooseberrys just before the bad snowy spell in february. Could not plant them for a month so didnt hold out much hope. They have surprisingly grown really well and I now see i even have several gooseberries coming on them. So they are definitely good stock and I would use this company again.

On December 2nd, 2012, louisedunn82 added the following:

I have always found them a very pleasant company to deal with; just recieved another order in double quick time, very satisfactory.
I'm still waiting for trees from another firm, some weeks later.
Positive daisychainchand
(2 reviews)
On Oct 13, 2012, daisychainchand PORTSMOuth,
United Kingdom wrote:

Excellent stock and excellent service. No complaints.

Positive hansolo
(1 review)
On Sep 10, 2012, hansolo devon,
United Kingdom wrote:

I am indebted to this company for 'saving' a precious apple tree planted by my father many years ago.
Forced to move, the tree was far too old to come with me and as it had many precious sentimental meomories I was desperate to keep it. Despite contacting many nurseries Chris Bowers was the only one who would help me. They successfully grafted a new tree from my old one, onto a convenient dwarf rootstock, and within 2 years I had a lovely little replica of that same precious tree. The price they charged was so modest I cannot believe they made a profit out of it; I really do think they just wanted to help.

Positive 007matty
(1 review)
On Aug 16, 2012, 007matty wales,
United Kingdom wrote:

It's awhile ago now but I guess it still counts ....... bought 3 of their miniature M27 apple trees from this company 5 yrs ago for my patio. Kept them in big pots and I have been astounded at the crops. I must have had ibs of good big fruit. Definitely a good buy.

Positive lucindalou
(1 review)
On Aug 4, 2012, lucindalou derby,
United Kingdom wrote:

We planted a new fruit garden last winter. The conditions here are difficult - high up, with poor, stony ground. Chris Bowers gave us a lot of advice regarding planting and variety selection and we were able to order and plant with more confidence.
I am delighted to say all the stock is flourishing - the strawberries arrived last, and in pots, and have already given us some good fruit. The currants also have berries, and the raspberries and tayberry have established well too. It all looks so healthy and there have been no losses, and promises much. We are indebted to this company for giving such sound advice and them time they were willing to spend helphing us out as I doubt we would have achieved such results without their help.

Positive punchandjudy
(1 review)
On Jul 19, 2012, punchandjudy glasgow,
United Kingdom wrote:

An excellent buying experience; their plants and trees weren't cheap but the range they offer is easily the best and we got all that we wanted for our new fruit garden in one transaction.
The stock arrived quickly and all has established well despite a difficult year. We already have some fruits to sample in this, there first year and all appears to be true to type.
We were also grateful for the very informative cultural book which came with the stock and told us what to do with it all.

Positive meandim09
(4 reviews)
On Jul 14, 2012, meandim09 Birmingham,
United Kingdom wrote:

Posted on June 20, 2012, updated July 14, 2012
Posted on March 17, 2010, updated June 20, 2012
They advised and 'designed' our orchard and their advise was really good, it's very productive and all we could wish for. Trees very healthy and more fruit than we can handle. No complaints at all.

On June 21st, 2012, meandim09 added the following:

3 fruit trees arrived within 2 days looking really healthy and look as if they had always been in my garden. I'm delighted.
On July 14th, 2012, meandim09 added the following:

We ordered a 'Jubilee' Plum tree as a gift to a friend who reported that it arrived in perfect order and on the day requested. It is now settling happily.
Another excellent transaction.
Positive michelle_smyth
(1 review)
On Jul 5, 2012, michelle_smyth herts,
United Kingdom wrote:

This March, to get all the varieties of fruit tree I wanted I placed two orders - one from this company and one from the other 'famous' fruit tree nursery in Essex.
The trees from Chris Bowers arrived within 3 DAYS - and 6 weeks later I was still awaiting the delivery from Essex ..... when I telephoned them they said they were waiting for 'more to come in'.
Enough said I think.

Positive marthamerton
(1 review)
On Jul 2, 2012, marthamerton dublin,
Ireland wrote:

My father [who is a much better gardener than I] always swears by this Nursery for his Raspberry canes so when I planted a new bed I bought the canes from Chris Bowers. They are now taller than [I!!] and full of health.

Positive katielynford
(2 reviews)
On Jun 27, 2012, katielynford leeds,
United Kingdom wrote:

Extensive range of orchard fruits and bush fruits planted from C Bowers this winter. All established well and are healthy. A1 service and stock; very satisfied!

Positive ericburton
(1 review)
On Jun 22, 2012, ericburton edinburgh,
United Kingdom wrote:

I telephoned the Bowers office on Monday pm and spoke to a charming lady who had the time to talk me through planting fruit plants [I'm not an expert] and she seemed to know her subject well and I duly ordered through her.
The box arrived today and I could hardly believe it, so speedy and nice healthy looking shrubs. If I had read some of the comments here beforehand I might not have ordered but I'm glad I did.
I'm just starting a fruit cage with lots of currants, raspberry and gooseberries - looking forward to making jams and pies and filling the freezer to keep the missus quiet! I'm probably the only person hoping it keeps raining so i don't have to water them too much....

Positive siddevon90
(1 review)
On May 1, 2010, siddevon90 Leeds,
United Kingdom wrote:

Excellent friendly communication and advise re planting choices. Stock arrived promptly, is all growing well and healthily, even one or two 'extra's'! No problems whatsoever; highly recommended.

Positive Jimmydee1111
(1 review)
On Mar 10, 2010, Jimmydee1111 Manchester,
United Kingdom wrote:

I am so pleased to read some support for this nursery. I feel sure the first few posts must be from the 'vocal minority'.
Ive dealt with them for countless years and have recommended friends who have dealt with them and been just as pleased.
Their range is quite amazing and everything's always arrived on time, grown well and healthily.

Positive Gabbyess
(1 review)
On Mar 10, 2010, Gabbyess Liverpool,
United Kingdom wrote:

Well I just recieved my trees in just 3 days and they were very good.
I ordered some a little earlier from an Essex fruit nursery and they took 6 weeks to arrive - and were smaller.
Chris Bowers did well by me.

Positive jollyjapes
(1 review)
On Feb 26, 2010, jollyjapes Weston,
United Kingdom wrote:

Received 5 assorted super columns as a Christmas gift and understood they would be delivered 'as soon as the ground thaws for them to be lifted' and sure enough they arrived early February, very well packed in straw in a stout carboard box by courier. I had a query about 1 variety (at the time of placing the order) it was dealt with promptly in detail and knowledgeably. The gift giver was recommended by a friend who bought several trees in 2008, all are thriving! Of course it is too soon to report on cropping but I have no hesitation in recommending the service and communication.

Positive jmilne67
(1 review)
On Jan 4, 2010, jmilne67 Bury St Edmunds,
United Kingdom wrote:

I always recieve my order correctly and on time and its always of good quality. I was moved to add my experience to a Nursery that has never let me down. I would certainly recommend them.

Positive richardkeys
(1 review)
On Jul 12, 2004, richardkeys wrote:

I asked for advice on planting apple trees in a difficult location (wet, 600 feet high on the edge of the Scottish Highlands). I received a detailed and helpful reply - and again when I asked for advice about soft fruit. Oh, and the trees they delivered were very healthy.

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