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Title: Tree seed purchases
Published by: National Highways
Publication Date: 14/01/2022
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Notice Type: VEAT
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Tree seeds to the value of £50,000 a year for five years.

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1) Name and addresses

National Highways

Lateral, City Square


BS32 4SR


Contact person: Wayne Bond

Telephone: +44 7729105540



Internet address(es)

Main address:

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity

Other: Development, operation and maintenance of the Strategic Road Network

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Tree seed purchases

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

This is a Voluntary Ex Ante Transparency (VEAT) notice informing the market that National Highways Limited (NHL) intend to award a contract without prior publication of a call for competition. NHL is entering into a contract with Forestart Limited for provision of seeds over five years.

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.1.7) Total value of the procurement

Value excluding VAT: 250 000.00  GBP

II.2) Description

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:










Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4) Description of the procurement

Tree seeds to the value of £50,000 a year for five years.

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Negotiated procedure without prior publication

Justification for selected award procedure:

The products involved are manufactured purely for the purpose of research, experiment, study or development under the condition stated in the Directive (for supplies only)


The UK has a limited market for seed supply with only one major seed supplier – Forestart - with the capacity to secure our volumes, given our requirements over quantity, quality and variety. The need to source healthy plant and tree stocks means importing seeds and trees is not considered an option as this threatens bio-security, increases cost e.g. through import fees, delays timescales and raises planting failure rates due to a lack of local origin.

National Highways Limited considers the award is permitted by regulation 32(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2 Award of contract/concession

V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract/concession


V.2.2) Information about tenders

The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No

V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

Forestart Limited


The Seed Unit. Ladymas Lane, Hadnall





The contractor is an SME: Yes

V.2.4) Information on value of the concession and main financing terms (excluding VAT)

Total value of the concession/lot: 250 000.00  GBP

V.2.5) Information about subcontracting

The contract/concession is likely to be subcontracted

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

National Highways Limited


BS32 4SR


VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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