Me & My Job - Peter Fieldwick, owner, Blooming Good Nursery

Peter Fieldwick, owner, Blooming Good Nursery - image: Blooming Good Nursery
Peter Fieldwick, owner, Blooming Good Nursery - image: Blooming Good Nursery

What is your background in gardening? After working in both production and retail horticulture and studying at Plumpton College I became manager at a nursery in Sussex growing hardy ornamentals for the wholesale and landscaping market. My partner Rachel Scanlan also qualified from Plumpton, going on to be a planteria manager with the Garden Centre Group at 19 before working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, National Trust and as a sales manager in the wholesale market.

How did you get hold of the nursery? We set it up from scratch on farmland in West Sussex, investing our own savings. We are both passionate about offering quality to the industry as well as excellent customer service. Our horticultural and agricultural industries need support for future generations to reduce imports and other imposing factors, which is why we pride ourselves on using completely British-grown plugs and cuttings.

What are your plans for the business? We plan to increase our production area by 50 per cent this autumn. This will allow us to increase our range of one-litre herbaceous perennials and grasses as well as adding a two- to three-litre range. This will also free up covered space for the expansion of our seasonal hanging basket and container production, which has been extremely popular this year. We also hope to secure growing contracts with a big name in the retail or wholesale industry as well as continuing to build our base of landscape customers.

What opportunities do you see out there? With the trend in buying British showing no signs of fading out, we will begin to see opportunities for us and our products as we become more recognised within the industry. This has recently been highlighted by B&Q bringing its poinsettia back to the UK from the Netherlands.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Four Oaks Trade Show 2019 - Exhibitor list

Four Oaks Trade Show 2019 - Exhibitor list

What are the latest products set to make a splash at Four Oaks 2019?

What are the latest products set to make a splash at Four Oaks 2019?

Products making their debuts will range across pest and disease controls, composts and fertilisers, tunnels, grow lights and much more, says Sally Drury.

Which new plants will take the spotlight at Four Oaks Trade show 2019?

Which new plants will take the spotlight at Four Oaks Trade show 2019?

Matthew Appleby looks at some of the new plants from the UK and overseas that will be introduced at the Four Oaks Trade Show (3-4 September Lower Wthington, Cheshire).


Opinion... Co-operation will pay dividends

Opinion... Co-operation will pay dividends

Opinion... Experience should not be undervalued

Opinion... Experience should not be undervalued

Opinion... Strategy needed to boost production

Opinion... Strategy needed to boost production

We face a great opportunity to increase the UK's production of nursery stock, but it will not be exploited without a strategic plan.


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

Horticulture Week Top 70 Ornamentals nurseries

See our exclusive RANKING of ornamentals nurseries by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

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