About Us

The Practicality Brown Difference

We pride ourselves on our excellent customer satisfaction ratings, which are due to the excellent quality of our products and services together with our staff, who create the great experience for customers.

We are on hand to help, guiding your project choice from plant selection, right through to delivery and planting.

Our installation team have many years planting and machine operations experience between them.  From working on large landscaping and land clearance projects, to the tender care required when planting an intricate topiary knot garden, these guys have seen it all.  They really know how to deliver the Practicality Brown difference, with consummate care and attention to detail.

The nursery team look after the semi-mature trees and large plants at our Iver nursery. From careful selection for individual customer requirements, to the management of our tree stocks, the team also care-take plants in readiness for designers’ RHS Flower shows displays and show gardens. The nursery is constantly changing and evolving as stock and requirements change, and our expert team ensure this is maintained to our high standards.

Horticultural Influence

Alastair Beddall started his landscape contracting business in 1981, naming the company Practicality Brown, in favour of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the famous 18th Century landscape designer. Capability Brown designed some of Britain’s most spectacular park landscapes at historic homes such as Blenheim, Burghley House and Hampton Court. His designs can still be seen today, nearly three centuries later.

Practicality Brown at Iver

Practicality Brown at Iver

Company Development

By 1989 the horticultural division was also supplying semi mature trees and forest products to the landscape trade, as well as importing the first Big John 65 Tree Spade machine from the USA, followed swiftly by the smaller Big John 42 model as well and offered tree transplanting service to the booming golf courses developments in the 1990’s.  In the late 1990s, Practicality Brown were instrumental in developing the Elveden Instant Hedge™ with the Elveden Estate in East Anglia. Together, they identified a need for a substantial, mature hedge up to 6ft high and planted species to grow for at least a four years before being sold in an ongoing programme. We have now developed Practical Instant Hedge™ grown here at our nursery in Iver, Bucks which is, as its name suggests, more practical to handle and install as it is grown and supplied in 1m bags.

Practicality Brown Today

Whilst we work under the same roof and ultimate management, the two distinct business units now work as separate companies both owned by the Big Tree Holdings Group.

Practicality Brown(Horticulture)Ltd operates our Instant Hedge and Screening Tree nursery offering commercial volumes of Instant Hedge Products and Screening Trees

The Practicality Brown Difference:

  • We are staffed by an experienced and dedicated team who give exemplary customer service and project satisfaction.
  • We have taken advantage of constantly changing market conditions and trends, to position ourselves at the forefront of the landscape industry.
  • Our extensive experience of large tree planting is coupled with a large fleet of tree moving machinery.
  • Our Practical Instant Hedge product is the industry standard against which all other hedging plants are compared.

Why choose Practicality Brown Horticulture ?

  • Excellent customer satisfaction for over 30 years
  • Growers and suppliers of the Practical Instant Hedge™
  • Instant Landscape Specialists with top quality, large plants
  • Professionally trained and experienced staff
  • High levels of customer recommendations and repeat business
  • We provide accurate images of hedge that is available rather than the height and density it gets to when mature, as seen on many other internet sites.

Support For Perennial

We are proud to be a Perennial Partner as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.

Perennial is the only charity in the UK helping all those who work in or are retired from horticulture and their dependent families; they step in when the going gets tough.

You can find out more about their work here.

Practicality Brown Ltd remains an Environmental Contracting Business, with business units specialising in Mechanised Tree Clearance, Ecological Contracting and Habitat Creation. Please see our dedicated new website –  www.pracbrownEC.co.uk

Practicality Brown Ltd is an innovative, class-leading highly compliant company, providing its specialist services on a professional level to Tier 1&2 Contractors, Developers, Project Managers , NGO’s, and the Landscape and Forestry sectors. With a large fleet of specialist up to date equipment and experienced labour resource, Practicality Brown Ltd prides itself in being able to respond to clients requirements safely and efficiently.

Key facts

  • Date formed: 1981 (Incorporated 1987)
  • Company Registration No. (England): 2114017
  • Registered Office: Iver Stud, Swan Road, Iver, Bucks. SL0 9LA
  • Accreditation: CHAS, Constructionline Gold, Builders Profile.
  • Assurances: UKAS ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO45001
  • Registered: BSL, CPA, FCA, Confor
  • Sister company Fuelchip.co.uk
Practicality Brown are

Instant Landscape Specialists