About Us

Who we are

Future Forests - The Mail Order Plant People - Useful, Fruitful & Beautiful Plants

Mattie and Maria Collard-Keane and the entire crew welcome you to Future Forests.

We are a family run business with a passion for growing and our environment, and one of the leading mail order plant providers in Ireland. With our roots firmly planted in the wilds of West Cork we have been inspired to work alongside our unique environmental heritage to evolve an ethical business where our values and ethos lead the way.

From humble beginnings 30 years ago we have been pioneering the gardens, orchards and woodlands of the future, developing to a committed, experienced team who are here to help you find what to grow and how best to grow it.

We love plants and aim to bring you the best quality and range to meet your specific needs. From beginner gardeners to seasoned growers we can help you to select the most suitable plants for your garden as well as your budget.

With years of business expertise behind us we have established strong relationships with growers and suppliers in Ireland and beyond to bring you the best possible range of high quality plants.

As our name suggests, the future is important to us. As growers, educators and innovators we believe we have the responsibility to protect and ensure the future of our diverse landscape and environment. Our intention is to leave a legacy that our future ancestors will be proud of. We’d love to support you to do so too.

Dare to be Wild still

Dare to be Wild - the Chelsea Garden

In 2002 Christy Collard & the team at Future Forests built a garden which won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for Irish garden designer Mary Reynolds and a feature film, Dare to be Wild, documents that amazing journey.

What we do

At Future Forests we are passionate about sourcing and supplying some of the best plants in Europe. We are one of Ireland’s leading mail order plant suppliers and we have a nursery and garden centre in West Cork, open 7 days a week.

We pride ourselves on the diversity of the plants we offer. From native trees & hedging to perennial flowers and alpines our huge range caters for the new garden owner to the seasoned grower.  


We also work with schools, community groups, country estates, landscapers and the farming community helping to source and select the right plants for all locations and situations.

Live on a windy, coastal or shady site? We offer plants for challenging conditions too!

We supply bare root plants from November to April and a large variety of potted plants all year around.