NEWS

Dr Paul Thomas (our managing director) has appeared on several TV programmes, radio shows and in many written articles. Specific areas of expertise include the biology, cultivation, hunting and cooking methods of the wide range of truffle species. If you would like an interview or require information for an article then please use our contact form (LINK) and we would be very happy to help.

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June 20, 2015

Increased grants for truffle growing- £4,800/Ha

Here is advance notice of the rules and payment rates for the 2012 woodland creation round, where there are substantial increases in the grants awarded. Full guidance will be available later this month, at which point the forestry commission will be open for applications under the 2012 rules / rates. The basic planting rate will rise by a thousand pounds for broadleaves (a suitable grant for truffle plantations) to £2,800/ha. New woodland that delivers key national
June 20, 2015

Skills for Chefs

Skills for chefs is a conference and exhibition that showcases the talents of leading chefs. There will be over 170 chefs at the event, and our own Paul Thomas will be delivering a presentation focusing on truffles, explaining, amongst other things, the different species and how to get the best flavour out of them. Some chefs will also be demonstrating cooking techniques with the gourmet fungi.
June 20, 2015

Truffles in the US

Over the pond our partner Robert Chang has been very busy drumming up awareness of truffle cultivation. He is currently holding truffle growing seminars in Napa Valley, California, with two more scheduled this month.
June 20, 2015

New growers’ seminar

After the success of our first new growers’ seminar, we decided to make it a recurring event with the last meeting held on 22nd March. With participants from four countries, this last meeting was a huge success and was enjoyed by everyone who attended.
June 20, 2015

Good farmers plant trees

A new report commissioned by the Woodland Trust and written by Harper Adams University highlights the value of tree shelter belts to farmers in combating the effects of drought.
June 20, 2015

Annual Truffle Results

This month we have been very busy collecting and processing annual data from our truffle plantations. Data from sites analysed so far show excellent progress and strong improvement on last year’s results. Looking through the data, there have been a few surprises, such as the prolonged drought conditions in the East of the UK resulting in lower than average tree growth rates but unexpectedly above average truffle-mycorrhiza growth. Growth rates have been good across areas with normal rainfall levels, with our silver-birch trial trees reaching a whopping 2.5m within 3 years!
June 20, 2015

Spain Heats Up

Far away from the crowded beaches of Spain, our local partner, now in their fourth year, Parkview Management, has just completed their second planting of truffle trees. Large areas of Spain have ideal conditions for the valuable Perigord truffle and we are pleased to see so many trees being planted in this prime area. If you are interested in establishing a plantation in Spain please get in touch oninvest@plantationsystems.com
June 20, 2015

First Plantations of the year are underway

During March we have seen our first plantation of the year getting underway in France, with has trees inoculated with the Black Winter Truffle. This species thrives in the milder Mediterranean climates and is very valuable; prices reached a whopping €1250 per kilo this month. We also have new plantations in the UK with trees inoculated with the British summer truffle. The Summer Truffle has a broad tolerance of climate and can grow as far north as Sweden, which makes it an ideal species to cultivate.

  • With our own genetics lab and research sites in 23 countries, we are truly world-leading in the field
    Daniel Paskin
    Nursery Manager
  • Thorough and scientific methodologies, attention to detail and having a committed partner at every step of the way, is the only reliable approach to truffle cultivation
    Dr Paul Thomas
    General Director
  • From guidance in orchard establishment, tree supply and management to our own truffle distribution network, we've got all angles covered
    Samantha Ellis
    Business Development