Me & My Job - Ray Jenkins, prodution director, Wyevale Transplants Forestry

Ray Jenkins, prodution director, Wyevale Transplants Forestry - image: Wyevale
Ray Jenkins, prodution director, Wyevale Transplants Forestry - image: Wyevale

How did you get started? I started work at Wyevale Nurseries shortly after I left school. I then went on to study at Pershore College, finding open ground production to be my forte. I was given the opportunity to specialise further when I was offered a post at Wyevale Transplants.

What advice would you give others starting out? I have found that it pays to start at the bottom and work your way up. That way you have insight at every level and experience on which to base your opinions. Also, if you are afraid of getting your hands dirty, you are in the wrong job.

What does your typical day involve? A typical day for me involves overseeing production on the nursery, speaking to customers, answering enquiries and getting my hands dirty with my team growing trees.

What is the best part of your job? I gain a great deal of job satisfaction from driving around the country and seeing the plants that we have produced enhancing the landscape.

And the worst? The worst part of any kind of outdoor production has to be the weather. If only we could order our requirements daily.

What piece of kit could you not do without? As we have become more mechanised over the years it's hard to think about doing without any of our kit, but I suppose our harvesting machine has certainly earned its keep.

What is your greatest achievement at work? While striving to become greener in our production we gained a Horticulture Week award for most outstanding contribution to the environment in 2006.

How do you wind down after a hard day? I enjoy spending time with my family, playing squash and the occasional game of golf.

What does your future hold? Who can say? Hopefully, continuing to expand our production of top-quality plants and maybe expanding our customer base into Europe.

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