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Positive Tropism
(1 review)
On Jun 7, 2016, Tropism Kings Lynn,
wrote:

I was looking for an unusual fruit tree, and Bowers were the only place that had them. They responded very rapidly to an email query (on a Sunday!) and were very positive and helpful.
My following order was carried out very quickly and I received the tree in good condition - it was healthy and well packed in a large box, with padding.
The tree is now thriving and I am very happy with the service - I have used them before and will use them again.

Positive jdklondon
(1 review)
On Jun 7, 2016, jdklondon London,
United Kingdom wrote:

Great plant selection. Easy to navigate and buy plants through the website. Efficient and timely delivery. And just the right amount of emails to keep me informed of the progress of my order. Really impressed!

Positive ClaraCluck
(1 review)
On Jun 6, 2016, ClaraCluck London,
United Kingdom wrote:

We brought two fruit trees for our allotment. We're allowed to plant dwarfing varieties. We opted for the Victoria plum and a Conference pear.

They were delivered quiet quickly and in good order. We had to delay planting them in the ground as our clay soil was very wet.

They were temporarily planted in pots and then re planted once the ground had dried out.

Both trees are doing well. They're in leaf and we've even had, just a little, blossom.

I would use this company again and have been impressed so far.

Positive carolcawthorne
(1 review)
On Jun 4, 2016, carolcawthorne barnsley,
United Kingdom wrote:

Excellent service and really good quality stock. Can highly recommend and would definately use again.

Positive GeorgeEllison
(1 review)
On Jun 3, 2016, GeorgeEllison London,
United Kingdom wrote:

I have used Chris Bowers for a number of years and always found the trees to be of good quality and the website has very helpful information.

Positive Showmansam
(1 review)
On May 31, 2016, Showmansam shrewsbury,
United Kingdom wrote:

I wanted to experiment with super column trees, never having had them before. I placed my order with Chris Bowers based on price, availability of the varieties I wanted, and also the number of positive reviews I had read.
I was not disappointed. Delivery date was e-mailed promptly, and the trees arrived as promised, well packaged, and as described.

Would certainly buy from them again.

Positive Nopinkflowers
(1 review)
On May 29, 2016, Nopinkflowers LEICESTER,
United Kingdom wrote:

We decided to have a go at growing a greengage tree, even though we knew the site might be less than ideal, in heavy clay. To make matters worse, we had left it very late in the season to be planting bare root fruit trees (end of March). We were able to buy the particular combination of half standard and St Julien rootstock which we wanted, which was otherwise hard to find, at what seemed a very reasonable price. When it arrived, the good-sized tree didn't seem to have noticed that it had been moved, apart from a reluctance to spring back having been tied up for transportation. It burst into leaf straight away and hasn't looked back. Fingers crossed for some fruit next year.

Positive PClackson
(1 review)
On May 28, 2016, PClackson Somerset,
United Kingdom wrote:

Only nursery I could find easily that supplied a the varieties of trees I wanted as Super Columns.
Trees arrived on time and in good condition.
When issue arose with one tree not coming into leaf this spring nursery promptly replied and will send a replacement next week.

Positive jsduncan
(1 review)
On May 28, 2016, jsduncan Aberdeen,
United Kingdom wrote:

Ordered 3 cordon apple trees, gooseberries and rhubarb over winter 15/16. All arrived within a couple of weeks in a strawpacked envelope.
All planted out after storage for a week (ground was frozen). Everything growing well. Very pleased.

Positive unhappy01
(1 review)
On May 27, 2016, unhappy01 Bedford,
United Kingdom wrote:

Posted on May 18, 2016, updated May 27, 2016
Posted on May 3, 2016, updated May 18, 2016
paid for a grapevine on 21/04. Despite several email requests for an update to the order I received no reply. You cannot phone them because they say they will only answer email queries. Or not in my case. Very unhappy, Will try and claim my money back through charge back with my credit card company. I have now wasted 2 weeks.

I would not recommend doing business with this company.


On May 18th, 2016, unhappy01 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

Eventually heard back. It seems that I missed the comment that the grapevine was currently out of stock. This is now being dispatched apparently. So my main criticism is the difficulty in getting a response to my queries.
On May 27th, 2016, unhappy01 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

Now received vine and a complimentary Blueberry bush. Both in very good condition. So happy to change my rating to positive!
Positive pierre266
(1 review)
On May 26, 2016, pierre266 Leicester,
United Kingdom wrote:

In relation to a bare root Concorde Pear Tree ordered last year, delivery was very fast and any of my doubts as to if I'd been sent the correct item (a bush tree) were soon clarified by Robert's expertise. The tree was planted in February and has since come out of dormancy and growing very well indeed. Would certainly consider buying from these people again given their specialism in quality fruit trees. Thank you for the service!

Positive Davidel
(1 review)
On May 26, 2016, Davidel Derbyshire,
United Kingdom wrote:

Web site easy to navigate. Huge selection with different rootstock. Stock arrived quickly and well wrapped.
Difficult to contact by phone but reply promptly to emails

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.
Bryan1939

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.

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