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David Austin Roses launches sustainable packaging for bare root plants

Thomas a Becket rose. Picture; David Austin Roses
Thomas a Becket rose. Picture; David Austin Roses

Plastic-free packaging for dormant roses…

David Austin Roses has revealed that its bare root roses will now use plastic-free wrappings.


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Until now, the dormant plants have been packaged in an inner plastic carrier with paperwork in a separate plastic covering.

It’s great news for gardeners who care about their wider environment and plastic pollution.

New bare root rose packaging. Picture; David Austin Roses
New bare root rose packaging. Picture; David Austin Roses

Plastic-free solution

Head of marketing Richard Austin said: “Removing these carriers in their entirety wasn’t an option, but we knew a plastic-free solution was out there.

“We wanted something that was recyclable at the very least but had to keep our plants safe and hydrated until planted.

“After extensive research, we were able to come up with a carrier made from potato starch, which is 100 per cent biodegradable and perfect for the compost heap or the food waste bin.

Compostable packaging. Picture; David Austin Roses
Compostable packaging. Picture; David Austin Roses

Fully recyclable brown bag

“We’ve also refreshed the design of the outer brown bag, giving it a new look while keeping it fully recyclable.”

Bare root roses are great for mass planting, as they are lighter to handle, easier to store and are cheaper.

Richard added: “For those who love being outdoors come rain or shine, there’s something particularly special about planting bare roots; though their wiry stems are arguably less than attractive at first, there’s an added sense of anticipation in seeing the fruits of your autumn or winter labours the following summer – a feeling not dissimilar to breeding a new rose.

New rose Gabriel Oak. Picture; David Austin Roses
New rose Gabriel Oak. Picture; David Austin Roses

Sustainable way to plant

“Knowing that your beautiful roses have made as little impact on the environment as possible, to my mind, makes bare root planting an even more sustainable way to transform gardens and outdoor spaces summer after summer.”

All David Austin rose varieties are available in bare root and can be ordered year-round for delivery between November and April.

For more information about our range of bare root roses, visit
here. For information on how to plant bare root roses, visit here.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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