Ornamentals Grower of the Year - Winner Neame Lea Nursery

One of the largest ornamental plant producers in the UK across a range of crops including bedding, perennials, shrubs, herbs and vegetables, Lincolnshire's Neame Lea has 17ha of glasshouse production and it employs more than 500 people at peak times.

Ornamentals Grower of the Year - Winner Neame Lea Nursery
Ornamentals Grower of the Year - Winner Neame Lea Nursery

The nursery was founded in 1975 by Malcolm Barney who, along with his wife Jane and two daughters Julie and Sally, developed the nursery as a respected supplier of bedding plants and potted bulbs for retailers and garden centres through local wholesalers.

Malcolm sadly passed away in January 2010 while working on the nursery, doing what he loved. Jane then saw Bridge Farm Nursery as best placed to maintain and grow the business while maintaining Malcolm's principles.

So it was that Bridge Farm's David Ball took over as managing director of Neame Lea in late 2012 - a challenging time of rising costs, a consolidating market and an inefficient supply chain. David's vision was to establish the lowest cost of production in the UK, while streamlining the supply chain and developing sustainable routes to market. With considerable hard work and investment, including more than £10m for a new head office and state-of-the-art production site, this was achieved over the following years.

This has brought Neame Lea to the forefront of UK ornamental plant production while establishing key partnerships with its suppliers and customers, including the conclusion last August of a partnership with retail plant marketer Zyon UK, which relocated its office and packing facilities to Neame Lea's site on Horseshoe Road in Spalding, bringing the two together and creating what is thought to be the largest grower-packer operation in the UK.

Its appetite for expansion remains undimmed. Within the last month Neame Lea has also taken on nearby VP Nursery to meet its bedding plant growing needs.

Sponsor

ICL's brands have been leading the way in horticulture for more than 50 years, from Levington Advance professional growing media to its patented controlled-release fertiliser Osmocote. Product users can be safe in the knowledge that their plants are getting what they need for maximum quality and return on investment.

SEE ALL 2017 UK GROWER AWARDS WINNERS


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Scaevola

Scaevola

This brilliant summer bedding plant has fan-shaped flowers that give it an elegant look, says Miranda Kimberley.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Bacterial and fungal canker

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Bacterial and fungal canker

A wide range of nursery stock can be susceptible to potential damage from various cankers.

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

Hedging - what are the alternatives to box?

With box blight and box tree moth both posing problems, Miranda Kimberley looks at alternative planting choices.


Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Opinion... Unbeatable delight of quality plants

Viewing top-quality plants, both growing and on sale, always gives me pleasure.

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Editorial ... More analysis and insight from bumper HW issue

Welcome to this bumper 72-page July edition of Horticulture Week magazine, packed with exclusive analysis, insight and expert advice on the biggest issues impacting all sectors of the UK horticulture industry right now.

Edwards: Will a weak pound and tariffs on imported stock be good for UK nursery production?

Edwards: Will a weak pound and tariffs on imported stock be good for UK nursery production?

At the time of writing - a few days after the general election - sterling has weakened and we still have no idea of what Brexit means.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

Ornamentals ranking

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Top 30 Ornamentals Nurseries by Turnover 2017

Tough retail pricing policies and Brexit opportunities drive the top 30 growth strategies.

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles