Me & My Job - Mark Lavers, sales and business manager, Worfield

Mark Lavers, sales and business manager, Worfield - image: Worfield
Mark Lavers, sales and business manager, Worfield - image: Worfield

How did you get started in the industry? I started at Bicton College in 1991 having come across horticulture working at Otter Nurseries in Devon. I then did a one-year traineeship at Wisley and went back to Bicton to finish my national diploma, then on to Writtle for my degree. Then I had a sales job at Blakedown Nurseries before moving to Webbs. I started at Worfield in 2001. Worfield was owned by Hortec then but it is now owned by Boningale. We’ve relaunched at the National Plant Show and are no longer Worfield Gardens, just Worfield.

What are you currently working on? We’re sticking with the traditional range and dealing with independent garden centres, and very much concentrating on herbaceous and alpines, grasses and heathers. We do focus a lot on range, which is against the grain. We do a lot of impulse but also unusual plants. We’re pushing ourselves as knowledgeable because we have very good growing standards, background and service.

What does the future hold for the company? We’re looking to expand, not to consolidate. Part of the remit from Boningale is to push the brand out. Their influence has increased our range. We do a lot of quotations and sourcing, and that’s helped being linked with Boningale. We do a bespoke quotation service to try and source plants for garden centres. Not many nurseries are doing that. The company is moving forward.

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