Aside from the beauty they bring to the landscape, the carbon dioxide stored by trees helps slow the rate of global warming. Their leaves absorb pollutants, they improve air quality, they shelter and feed our wildlife and reduce flooding.
Mark’s interest in trees saw him study horticulture in Greenmount College and Scotland for five years, followed by a placement and then a fulltime position at Hillier Nurseries in the south of England, the biggest supplier of semi-mature trees in the UK. After seven years with Hillier, he started his own specialist tree nursery, Craigmore Trees, just outside Portadown.
Most of the trees grown at Craigmore Trees are grafted, using the budding method. That is where a root system from a wild or local tree is grown for about a year before a bud from another tree is fused onto it. The whole process takes around three years before it is ready for planting.