Boris Johnson visits King and Co as part of his Conservative leadership campaign!

King and Co were delighted to host prime minister hopeful Boris Johnson at the Tree Nursery in Braintree, Essex.

Boris Johnson arriving at the Tree Nursery
Boris Johnson arriving at the Tree Nursery

Local and national press were keen to catch a glimpse of Boris Johnson at the Rayne based Tree Nursery on Saturday afternoon, with customers and King and Co staff given the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with him. Local councilors were also able to chat with Boris in the retail plants area which includes topiary, evergreen hedging shrubs such as Photinia and bee-friendly flowering plants such as lavender.

The visit included a guided tour around the site, including the tree lines consisting of screening trees, fruit trees, and sorbus trees. The visit came as part of Mr Johnson’s Conservative leadership campaign prior to hustings around the Essex area. Leadership contender Jeremy Hunt instead visited nearby Chelmsford.

Boris johnson on forklift
Boris Johnson on board the King and Co forklift!

Mr Johnson then helped the production and logistical teams load some birch trees and modelled some shrubs. Mr Johnson took particular interest at the Austrian Pine trees and enquired with regards to an apple tree for his own garden!

black labrador with Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson with King and Co dog Marco

James Cleverley (MP for Braintree) hosted the visit to the Tree Nursery, having previously visited the Tree Nursery in 2015, to see the RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winning Topiary F1 car pit scene. The Tree Nursey is celebrating 40 years of business since starting in 1978. Since the company’s formation, we have worked on so many prestigious projects including the Stansted Rail link, Sizewell Power station, The Braintree bypass and even HMP Chelmsford. Also for many others; Williams F1, Lord R.A.Butler, Felsted and Hallingbury Schools, The RHS, Essex Wildlife Trust, Braxted Park, Ipswich and Martlesham bypass and we even did the clearance for the Essex route of the M25.

King & Co offers a quality collection of semi-mature trees and shrubs, hedging and topiary making us one of the leading tree nurseries in the UK. A large selection of our plants can be purchased via our online shop and delivered overnight directly to your door, subject to weight.

We have over 2000 containerised semi-mature trees, including Acer, Oak, Birch, Cherry Trees and many more and are open 6 days a week. We are happy to provide you with a delivery quote for quantity or larger items if you spot something you like, and our stock is constantly updating, so please contact us if you cannot find what you’re looking for.

The aftercare of your new trees is essential to maintain the best results. It is important to pay close attention to the irrigation of your new trees, especially in periods of hot, dry weather.


Shopping Online

You can buy trees, hedging, screening trees, shrubs and topiary online by browsing our website. If you do not see a plant or size that is suitable for you then please call as we stock a wide variety of plants in our tree nursery. It’s worth noting that many other websites sell other people’s stock (i.e. they act as an agent) so you cannot view the products at their own site. At King & Co, all of our advertised plants are available for viewing at our tree nursery in Rayne, near Braintree, situated just over an hours drive out of London. Our knowledgeable and experienced tree nursery staff is always contactable via phone on 01376 340469 or if you have any questions regarding any of our trees or accessories. If you cannot see what you require on our website, please complete the enquiry form. We will give it our urgent attention and will get back to you shortly with a solution that meets your needs.