Tubex Nature Tree Shelters

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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60cm-73-105mm-100 100 £2.94 £2.45 9%
60cm-73-105mm-100 300 £2.70 £2.25 17%
60cm-73-105mm-100 500 £2.50 £2.08 23%
60cm-73-105mm-100 1000 £2.32 £1.93 29%
60cm-73-105mm-100 2500 £2.16 £1.80 33%
60cm-73-105mm-100 5000 £2.09 £1.74 36%
60cm-73-105mm-100 10000 £2.03 £1.69 37%
1.20m-73-105mm-100 100 £5.46 £4.55 9%
1.20m-73-105mm-100 300 £5.00 £4.17 17%
1.20m-73-105mm-100 500 £4.62 £3.85 23%
1.20m-73-105mm-100 1000 £4.30 £3.58 29%
1.20m-73-105mm-100 2500 £4.01 £3.34 33%
1.20m-73-105mm-100 5000 £3.88 £3.23 36%
1.20m-73-105mm-100 10000 £3.76 £3.13 38%
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Note: Stake and plant sold separately

Tubex distributor

Tubex Distributor

We are an official Tubex distributor.

Discounted square sawn tree stakes when purchased with protection

You can benefit from discounted stake prices when purchasing a similar quantity of protection, where the stakes are required to support the purchased protection. If you are planning to purchase square sawn tree stakes too, please use this option to benefit from discounted prices.

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.

Tubex Nature is a new tree shelter that enjoys all the benefits of the original Tubex tree shelter design, whilst introducing biodegradability* in its composition.

Made from bio-based materials that are non-toxic** to the soil, they are ideal for protecting planting schemes where collection and recycling of plant protection at end of life is not practical.

Tubex Nature can be left in situ to biodegrade, mulched into the soil or removed for industrial composting.

The estimated lifespan ranges from 3 to 5 years, depending on climatic conditions. This enables your plants to establish themselves before the guard begins to biodegrade.


  • Non-toxic**, bio-based materials, designed to be soil biodegradable – meaning no end of life costs for removal or recycling.
  • Protects from browsing animals.
  • Creates microclimate to promote healthy growth.
  • Easy installation – comes with pre-fitted releasable cable ties.

Installation (view the installation tab above for a more comprehensive installation guide):

  • Plant bare root or cell grown plant.
  • Insert stake next to plant and install tube over plant and stake, gently pushing into ground. See ‘Installation’ for more details regarding location.
  • Tighten pre-fitted cable tie around stake.
  • Leave in situ to bio-degrade. Alternatively, to speed up the process, remove and either mulch or industrially compost once the tree is established.
* All components of TUBEX Nature have been externally tested against ISO17556 to show soil degradability.
** Tested against OECD 207 for Earth-worm ecotoxicity and OECD 208 for Plant ecotoxicity - no acute toxicity detected.
Height^ 60cm 1.20m
Diameter 73-105mm 73-105mm
Number of cable ties 1 2
Type of cable ties Releasable Releasable
Length of cable tie 250mm (10 inches) 250mm (10 inches)
Height of top cable tie from ground^^ 450mm 825mm
Height of bottom cable tie from ground^^ N/A 250mm
Average weight/tube 72g 146.5g

^ Manufacturing tolerance of tube height +/- 25mm

^^ Manufacturing tolerance of cable tie height +/- 15mm

Nest 5 5
Bundle 60 60
Bag or strap banded Bag Strap banded
Material · For all sizes
Tube Bio based (plant based) blend
Cable tie Nylon (not bio-degradable)
Tube colour Natural/biscuit colour
Service life (tube) Estimated 3-5 years
Biodegradable Yes
End of life Remove and industrially compost, or mulch into soil - non toxic, or allow to biodegrade in situ.
Recyclable Yes
Recycling options Use a local Recycling Centre and the bin for 'Plastic' (Code 5 PP).
Or contact Tubex for details of their Collection & Recycling scheme.
Or use a similar agricultural recycling service.
Recommended support Stake

Tubex Nature tree shelters are both bio-based (made from plant based materials) AND bio-degradable.

Tubex Nature is manufactured from a blend of bio-based polymers. All polymers used to manufacture Tubex Nature have been tested to be biodegradable and bio-based.

Biodegrading process

Designed to biodegrade over time through contact with soil, sun and rain the guards break down into Co2 and H2O.

This process can be speeded up through mulching into the soil (Tubex Nature is non-toxic to soil**) or by removing the guard for industrial composting.

Understanding bio-based & bio-degradable plastics

  • Bio-based is the material something is made of. Biodegradable is what happens to the material over time when it breaks down.
  • Bio-based plastics are plastic materials produced from renewable biomass sources (plants).
  • Bio-based is not the same as biodegradable.
  • Some bio plastics are biodegradable and some are not (see chart below).
  • Tubex Nature is both bio-based and biodegradable*
Tubex Nature Tree Shelters
Flared rim

Flared rim to minimise stem abrasion


Laser-line to allow the tree to break free

Twin walled

Twin walled for best strength to weight ratio

Strengthening rods

Strengthening rods to prevent tearing at stake area


Nested for ease of movement around site

Pre-fitted cable ties

Pre-fitted thumb-releasable cable ties for easy installation & maintenance

Light transmission

Light transmission, encouraging photosynthesis

Natural colour

Natural colour, merging into the environment, plus differentiates bio from standard

* All components of TUBEX Nature have been externally tested against ISO17556 to show soil degradability.
** Tested against OECD 207 for Earth-worm ecotoxicity and OECD 208 for Plant ecotoxicity - no acute toxicity detected.


Identify which damaging agent (animal) you wish to protect your plants from.

This will influence the height of your protection and the wooden stake to support it.

Tubex Nature is available in heights of 0.6m and 1.2m. Depending on the height selected, they can help protect against voles, rabbits, hare and some deer.

Tubex Nature Tree Shelter - Available sizes

Key - Tubex Nature Tree SheltersTubex Nature - Available sizes

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
Diameter type N/A Standard Standard Standard or Standard Plus Standard Plus Standard Plus
*It is advisable to use a longer stake for sandier, lighter soils.



Tubes are nested (one inside the other), to save space and time when moving plant protection around a site.

Diameters describe the range of diameters you will find in a nest of tubes, from the smallest to the largest.

Tubex Nature comes in nests of 5 tubes, with a ‘standard’ diameter range of 73mm to 105mm.


Planting bare root or cell grown plants is a straightforward task, however, do not attempt to plant if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. Find a suitable position for your plants, bearing in mind future growth and potential height and spread at maturity.

Bare rooted or cell grown plants can be ‘notch’ planted in 3 steps:


1. Begin by inserting the blade of a spade into the ground. Push the spade handle away from you and then bring it back towards you. Once you remove the spade, you will see that you have created a cavity or ‘notch’ in the ground.

2. For bare root - place the plant roots within the cavity and shake to ensure that all of the roots are in the cavity and pointing downwards.
For cell grown – place the cell gently into the ground. Ensure the top of the plug (the soil surrounding the roots) is positioned at 2 to 4cm below the surface to avoid drying out.

3. Fill the cavity with soil. Use your heel to firm the soil around the plant to remove any air pockets. Once planted, give them a good water if practical to do so.

You are now ready to install your support and protection.



1. After planting, position the tube on the windward side if there are strong prevailing winds, and the stake between 2cm to 5cm from the base of the plant.

2. Hammer the stake into the ground with a stake driver or mallet (ideally knocking 1/3 of its height into the ground). Ensure it is vertical (particularly important on sloping ground). The top of the stake should be below the top rim of the shelter and above the top tie wrap.


1. Position the shelter over the tree, making sure not to damage any lateral branches, sliding the releasable tie wraps over the stake at the same time.

2. Push the shelter into the ground 1-2cm. This forms a safe barrier to deter vermin from burrowing under the shelter.

3. Tighten the thumb releasable ratchet ties, ensuring the shelter is firmly positioned.

4. Tuck the tie ends into the holes in the shelter for neatness and to deter rubbing by deer or sheep.

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Download Technical Data Sheet

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

Download link:
Tubex Nature Tree Shelters - Technical Data Sheet (903 KB)