Me & My Job - Katie Cleary, manager, Old Railway Line Garden Centre

Katie Cleary, manager, Old Railway Line Garden Centre - image: Old Railway Line Garden Centre
Katie Cleary, manager, Old Railway Line Garden Centre - image: Old Railway Line Garden Centre

- How did you get started in the industry?

My parents started the garden centre in 1990 from just a six-by-eight-foot greenhouse. I was involved from a very young age, filling pots and labelling plants. In 2011, I completed a BSc in horticulture at Pershore College and have loved working in the garden retail trade ever since.

- What does your typical day involve?

First thing in the morning, I help my team coordinate the day's activities and ensure that everyone is prepared for the tasks ahead. The day involves a lot of purchasing and helping customers with their enquiries. I dedicate some of my week to working with our Eco Team, organising projects with local schools and community groups.

- What takes up most of your time?

Purchasing, stock control and goods inwards - in the busy seasons this can be a continuous job.

- What is the best aspect of your job?

I enjoy working with our Eco Team on local projects.

It gives a great sense of achievement seeing children taking part and enjoying it.

- And the worst?

There are not enough hours in the day.

- What is your greatest achievement at work?

Encouraging the introduction of our Eco Team and managing its objectives. We have improved and reduced our waste stream on site and become more engaged with the community.

- How do you wind down after a hard day at work?

I go to the gym and sweat it out.

- What does the future hold?

We are currently going through a large expansion. The new build will completely change our business for the better, making us more self-sufficient through the use of greener energy sources and an energy-efficient building. We are hoping to offer a much more pleasant and interesting shopping experience and become a true community hub.


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