Chrisite-Elite is one of the largest UK forest nurseries.
- The nursery is based in the North of Scotland, between Aberdeen and Inverness.
- Our site is around 220 acres in size with an annual production of over 10 million trees.
- Christie-Elite are the only UK forest nursery to produce both cell-grown and bare-root trees.
- The Forres nursery has been in tree production for over 200 years.
- Christie-Elite was formed in 1994 resulting from an amalgamation between Elite-Trees, formally based on the Black Isle and T&W Christie.
- Chrisite-Elite is a member of the Marigot group of companies
- Christie-Elite is a member of The Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor) and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)
The nursery is located to the North of the town of Forres, Moray and accessed directly off the A96 trunk road connecting Inverness and Aberdeen.
Please use the map on the contact us page to get an exact location.
Feel free to pop in and see us but remember that although we sell to private customers, we are predominantly a wholesale nursery and we therefore do not have any retail facilities on site.
Unfortunately we are unable to take visitors around the nursery without a prior appointment.
The Seed Orchard
In 2002 Christie-Elite established a unique 7 acre seed-orchard at the Forres site, comprising a matrix of 40 genetically superior clones of Sitka Spruce.
- Christie-Elite was the first private nursery in the UK to establish its own seed orchard for the production of genetically improved Sitka spruce transplants
- Once the orchard is in full production, Christie-Elite will be able to offer transplants with superior growth and timber production traits currently only available from cuttings.
- The orchard is now ten years old. In 2010 we collected the first 200g of viable seed.
- Production should now steadily increase each year allowing us not only to be self-sufficient in genetically superior seed but also to be able to offer surplus seed for sale to our industry colleagues.