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Moving Trees and Plants: A Horticulture Courier Case Study

23rd February 2024 | by Sam Nardi

Moving Trees and Plants: A Horticulture Courier Case Study
When it comes to the transport of live plants and trees, careful handling is required throughout to ensure these remain undamaged and ready for planting outdoors or displaying indoors. Speedy Freight is an experienced horticulture courier, offering same day delivery for nurseries, florists, landscapers, garden centres, and other plant growers and suppliers. Learn more about how our team manages the transportation of plants, trees, and shrubs in our dedicated transport vehicles.


The Client 


Our client is a plant nursery, supplying high value trees and plants to private as well as commercial customers across the construction, horticulture, and landscaping sectors.   

As a leading plant nursery in the UK specialising in the supply of potted plants, they grow and transplant trees to a wide range of sites and customers across the country. Their award-winning trees are carefully planted and grown by their team on their premises.  

Their trees are grown from selected seeds and cuttings and cared for in an optimally healthy environment, leading them to be of high-value and in need of special considerations during transport. 

Once the trees reach the stage where they are ready for transplant in their new environment, our client relies on quick, secure, and efficient delivery to get their carefully grown trees where they need to be. 


The Consignment 


Our client contacted our Speedy Freight Hereford branch with same day and next day delivery requests to move potted trees from their premises to their customer locations across the UK. 

With access to a fleet of over 4,000 vehicles, including temperature-controlled ones for the transportation of fresh flowers and other temperature-sensitive plants, we were quick to find the appropriate transport solution to fit their needs.

After careful consideration of their needs and assessing the size, weight, and shape of their unique consignments, an extra-long wheelbase (XLWB) van was identified as being the ideal vehicle for transportation to private client homes and commercial sites across the UK.  

Our client has scheduled deliveries ahead of time, using our advanced booking system, that allows clients from any industry to book deliveries for same day pick up and drop off, as well as multi-drop deliveries and regular planned routes when delivering consignments to multiple locations with our horticulture courier service.


The Solution


As with most of our deliveries for our clients across all sectors, our expertise and access to the right tools makes most jobs straightforward. As a specialist same day horticulture courier, our same day Hereford courier branch was quick to find the best vehicle for our client’s needs.  

Speedy Freight always offers a dedicated service, meaning we never co-load our vehicles with multiple clients’ consignments. Due to the nature of their consignments being fragile and of high value, a dedicated horticulture courier service was a crucial consideration for our client when selecting a transport partner.

Trees and other live plants can be particularly susceptible to mishandling and improper storage during transport. With our fully dedicated service, we are able to eliminate the risk of damage that can result from being improperly stored with other types of consignments. Our trained teams and delivery crews were also able to carefully handle their trees, so they arrived at their destination ready to be planted and cared for by their new owners.  

Our client has expressed complete satisfaction with all the horticulture deliveries we’ve done for them. Since our first successful delivery, they’ve been booking ahead for our multi-drop delivery service to deliver their trees to multiple sites across the UK on the same day. 

While our client has relied on our advanced booking system to schedule deliveries, they know that their local Speedy Freight branch are always ready on short notice to deliver whenever they encounter an unexpected delivery need thanks to our same day delivery service that offers pickup within 60 minutes of booking. 


Book a Same Day Horticulture Delivery with Speedy Freight 


From plant nurseries to garden centre suppliers, if you operate a horticulture business, then selecting the right logistics partner is crucial in the successful transportation of your fragile consignments. 

Whether you’re looking for full horticulture logistics, or in need of support on your deliveries with our same day courier services, we have you covered. 

Browse through our range of courier, freight, and specialist services, and fill out our consultation form to get a personalised quote. 

If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, simply get started by finding your local branch. With over 60 branches across the UK and Europe operating 24/7, 365 days a year, we’re always ready to go when you need us.


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