Accredited nurseries are conscious of quality. NIASA (Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia), EcoHort and BioSecure HACCP are national accreditation schemes with the purpose of reassuring the buyer of industry best practice.
They also highlight growers already investing time and money in quality, processes and product performance.
Speciality Trees prides itself in producing superior material focusing on a trees structure and root ball. Being NIASA accredited means that we are accountable with audits and strict process compliance. With recent concern over bio-security issues, NIASA also provides a safety net against the spread of unwanted weeds, pests and disease. Our environmental stewardship and commitment to the wellbeing of the community we live in is covered off by the inclusion of EcoHort certification.
NIASA accredited and EcoHort® certified, our material is produced with the highest respect to environmental standards. As a NIASA accredited nursery we have ongoing accountability in the following key production areas:
NIASA accreditation is given to those nurseries who continue to adopt nursery industry best practice in all areas of production. Speciality Trees has been NIASA accredited since 1997.
EcoHort certification focuses on environmental accountability and refers specifically to the way in which a business sustainably manages its inputs and outputs. Speciality Trees has been an EcoHort certified nursery since 2008.
Australian Standard AS2303 – Tree Stock for Landscape Use - provides technical above and below the ground information to evaluate the quality of tree material grown by production nurseries.
So why do we need AS2303?
Speciality Trees is proud of its material consistency. For us, AS2303 is a welcome dimension to our business, as it opens up discussion between the buyer and the seller on not only how a quality tree is grown but on the attributes sought for new residential lines sometimes based on slight genetic differences.
With a balanced view and transparent processes, both the buyer and seller are in a better position.
So what should you look for when buying trees?
We believe AS2303 will drive growers towards new and better processes on each and every species they grow, as well as highlight those innovative nurseries already growing to quality production standards.
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