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Alan Burnell

Horticultural Manager for Dig-it Landscapes in Qld and SA


Born in England in the 1950’s and immigrating to Australia in 1970

Alan’s first Nursery experience was with Len Dellow’s Nursery on the Gold Coast in 1971 followed by 5 years with Pikes Nursery in Sydney one of Australia’s leading Nurseries of the day. With a Diploma of Horticulture (Nursery Management) from Massey Uni NZ and gaining experience in the USA with Horticultural Investments helped map out a future plan. 

The dream that one has of owning your own Nursery in Northern NSW, shade houses, with 20,000 plants growing for the Sydney market, raising a young family in idyllic surrounds only to be devastated after 10 years by those famous words ‘The Recession we had to have’.

 Moving on to the warmer climate of Queensland and starting with an idea that developed into a very successful company called ‘Tree Traders’. One of the first Plant Brokering companies that worked with the Landscape Architects to help fit the desired plant schedule around the budget and the nursery industries availability to supply. 

This has led to Alan’s present day position with Dig-it Landscapes as Horticultural Manager. Dig-it Landscapes is one of Australia’s leading landscape companies in Australia

A recent project the Team at Dig-it delivered to Qld was a 4 hectare extension to the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. Procuring an ambitious list of 32,000 plants covering 1,100 different species – most of which were indigenous to QLD and Nth NSW. The process involved over 80 growers, 300 rare and threatened plant species, and one magnificent Macrozamia moorei weighing over 10 tons, estimated at being over 250years of age & seen on TV being planted by the Mayor of Brisbane.