NexGen Vole Guards

Online ordering & payment options

Online ordering & payment options

If you do not qualify for trade rates, immediate payment by credit or debit card via Sage Pay is required, or you may request contact from the office to make payment over the phone.

For customers who have been accepted for trade rates, we offer several ordering and payment options, including:

  • Immediate payment by credit or debit card via Sage Pay, our payment service provider.
  • Order on account (available to credit account customers only).
  • Request contact from the office & make payment over the phone.
  • Place order to reserve stock & request a call back to discuss timings, with payment only required upon despatch.
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20cm-40mm 100 £0.74 £0.62 9%
20cm-40mm 500 £0.68 £0.57 16%
20cm-40mm 1000 £0.62 £0.52 24%
20cm-40mm 2500 £0.59 £0.49 28%
20cm-40mm 5000 £0.56 £0.47 31%
20cm-40mm 10000 £0.54 £0.45 34%
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NexGen distributor

NexGen Distributor

We are an official NexGen distributor.

Minimum Order Value

Please note that there is a minimum order value of £50.00 + VAT, excluding delivery.


Delivery to UK mainland is included for stock orders over £1500.00 + VAT (subject to postcode surcharges). For full details on delivery please view our delivery page.

NexGen 5 Year Warranty

A great solution for protection from voles that is 100% biodegradable, ensuring a positive environmental legacy.

Every year thousands of trees are killed by vole and mice. NexGen vole guards can help you replace the use of plastic vole guards with a viable, environmentally friendly alternative. So confident are NexGen about their range, they have a 5 year Warranty against material failure (T&C apply). An industry first, find out more about the Warranty here.

The man behind the innovation is Gary Hurlstone, whose father Graham invented the Tubex Tree Shelter in the mid 1980’s.

Gary took his father’s 35 year old design and set out to deliver a range of protection that performs at least as well, whilst being environmentally friendly and cost effective.

The NexGen vole guards are made from a special mix of British wool, a biodegradable polyol (made from ethically sourced cashew nutshell liquid and castor oil), and an innovative biodegradable custom polymer.

British wool Cashew nut shell and castor oil Biodegradable polymer

At its heart is a simple concept that has taken four years of extensive research and development, working with foresters, landowners and industry experts, to deliver the next generation in tree shelters.

Scientifically proven as 100% biodegradable this is a tree shelter that delivers the perfect environment for young tree plants to thrive in, without harming the environment.


  • Protects from voles & mice
  • Easy installation - no support needed
  • 100% biodegradable - no need for collection and recycling.


Separate from the nest of 3 guards, gently open and wrap around the base of the tree. Push the guard into the soil slightly to create an effective barrier against vole and mice damage.

Note - no support is required if installed correctly, however, should you wish to provide your young plant and vole guard with extra support then we recommend using a cane.

See the installation tab for more information.

Dimensions NexGen Vole Guard
Height 20cm
Diameter 40mm
Number of ties Not required
Average weight/tube TBC
Packaging NexGen Vole Guard
Nest 3
Bundle 300
Bag or box Compostable box
Tube British wool and biodegradable polyols
Tie N/A
Tube colour Natural
Service life Minimum 5 years
Biodegradable Yes
End of life Leave in situ to biodegrade
Recycling options Compostable outer box
Recommended support If required (for very young plants) - cane

Plant Welfare

Animal protection

Animal protection
Protects young plants against damage from vole and mice.

Vertical split/coiled design

Vertical split/coiled design
Expands with the growth of the tree.

Auto tree release

Auto tree release
After 5 years, the vole guard biodegrades to allow the tree to release itself.


5 years protection

5 years protection
Confirmed by independent weathering certification* (depending on location, tree canopy, soil & microbes).
*"After extensive testing, Impact Solutions can confirm that the NexGen unique combination of materials will biodegrade. At around 5 years the tree shelters will start to break down resulting in neutral pH and ecotoxicity, and will become food for micro-organisms." - Steven Burns · Impact Solutions, Scotland

Strong recoil

Strong recoil
To ensure vole guards stay on the tree in windy conditions.

Natural colour

Natural colour
The colour changes over time blending into the natural environment with no loss of performance.

Supports biodiversity

Supports biodiversity
Over time, mosses and lichens grow on the shelters, supporting a rich biodiversity.

No impact on environment

No impact on environment
Breaks down as H2O, CO2 and nitrogen, becoming a form of 'bug food'.

pH and ecotoxity neutral

pH and ecotoxity neutral
Does not change soil pH levels when breaking down.

100% biodegradable

100% biodegradable
Because of the materials used, the NexGen range is 100% biodegradable.


Compostable boxes

Compostable boxes
In compostable boxes for ease of transport and handling.


For ease of movement around site.

Longitudinally rigid

Longitudinally rigid
Meaning the vole guard can be pushed into the soil, discouraging burrowing animals.

Can be left in situ

Can be left in situ
Especially useful in overgrown areas where voles are found.

No removal needed

No removal needed
Save money - no collection or recycling needed.


Vole Guards (as the name suggests) will help protect established planting schemes from voles. They will not protect against animals that are taller than voles.

Should you wish to protect your planting scheme from other animals then please select a taller form of protection along with the relevant supporting stake.

NexGen Vole Guard - Available size

Key - NexGen Vole GuardsNexGen Vole Guards - Available size

Protecting against Vole Rabbit Hare Muntjac, Roe Deer Fallow Deer Red Deer
Minimum height of tube for protection 20cm 60cm 75cm 1.20m 1.50m 1.80m
Height of supporting stake* Not required 75cm 90cm 1.20m or 1.35m 1.50m 1.80m
Vole with acorns Vole - close up

For young established trees (no cane support)

  1. Remove guard from its nest of 3 guards.
  2. Gently open and wrap around the base of young tree, allowing the coil to wrap back over on itself.
  3. Push guard 1cm to 2cm into the soil to create a barrier for vole and mice, and to help hold the guard in place.
  4. Leave in situ to biodegrade.
Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4

For younger plants that may require support (with cane)

  1. Having planted your transplant or seedling, gently push a cane into the ground next to it, about 2cm away from base of stem.
  2. Remove guard from its nest of 3 guards.
  3. Open the guard and wrap around both the cane and the plant, allowing the coil to wrap back over itself.
  4. Push guard 1cm to 2cm into the soil to create a barrier for vole and mice, and to help hold the guard in place.
  5. Leave in situ to biodegrade.
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Download Technical Data Sheet

Our carefully prepared, information-rich technical data sheets can be downloaded in PDF format for convenience.

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NexGen Vole Guards - Technical Data Sheet (986 KB)

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