- How did you get started in horticulture and what has been your route to working at the nursery?
I started at a young age as my father owns a horticultural business and I worked there part time. I also gained experience elsewhere by working in a local plant centre and nurseries. I went on to study business studies for three years followed by a degree in horticulture at Writtle College. After Writtle I worked at Houghton Hall walled garden in Norfolk. I have been in the family business full time for three years now.
- What does your typical day involve?
I don't have a typical day. I generally start in the office checking emails, then try to go round each department. I help where needed - either potting, packing or splitting, or I can be found in the greenhouse or office. During the run up to the show season I also meet designers for Chelsea and Hampton Court to help them with the show process. I also oversee human resource issues.
- What takes up most of your time?
Considering approaches to staff development. I arrange training, particularly for the apprentices.
- Do you get out of the office enough?
Yes. I am half in the office and half out.
- What is the best part of your job?
The fact that every day is different.
- And the worst?
The weather at this time of year.
- What piece of kit can't you do without?
My hat is glued to my head when it's cold.
- How do you wind down after a day's work?
I like going to the gym and occasionally to Newmarket races.
- What does the future hold?
I hope I can build and help move the business forward. I also plan to continue developing my business and plant skills.