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One of the top five plants from Wyevale Nurseries

The retail Sales Manager at one of the UK’s leading nurseries has picked his top five plants for garden centres for 2020.
 
Colin Stanley from Wyevale Nurseries selected the plants from the company’s 90th Anniversary Celebratory Promotional catalogue.

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Four staff members from Wyevale Nurseries with their 120 years of service awards

FOUR MEMBERS of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently (June, 2019) presented with medals to honour their long service to the company. 

Andy Johnson, Chris Mason, John Sockett and Sheila Jackson all received bronze medals from the Three Counties Agricultural Society for 30 years continuous service. 

Heather Williamson, Joint Chairman at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “I would like to say congratulations to Andy, Chris, John and Sheila for receiving their long service awards. They have given a collective of 120 years of service to the business, which is simply amazing. We can’t thank them enough for their continued hard work and support. They are very skilled and dedicated staff members. We’re very lucky to have them as part of our team. 

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Wyevale Nurseries - Agapanthus plant

ONE OF THE UK’s leading nurseries has this month (June, 2019) entered two new plants in to the New Plant Awards at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show. 

Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, has submitted Salvia ‘Amante’ and Agapanthus ‘Poppin Purple’ to the event, which takes place on June 18 and 19 at Stoneleigh Park in Coventry.

Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries, said: “The New Plant Awards at the HTA National Plant Show are sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and showcase the best in new plant introductions from UK plant suppliers. It’s seen in the industry as the place for retailers to find the next best-selling new plant.

“We are delighted to be entering two new plants into the Herbaceous Perennials category at the show.

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White Hydrangea

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries has announced this month (May, 2019) that the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year for 2018 will feature in its 2020 retail catalogue. Wyevale Nurseries potted a small trial batch of Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride Snow White’ for 2019 and only has about 300 left for retailers but a large quantity will be available in 2020.

Colin Stanley, Retail Sales Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, explained: “Hydrangea ‘Runaway Bride Snow White’ is one of the most floriferous and vigorous hydrangeas. It has masses of white lace cap flowers with a hint of pale pink and has six times more flowers than the average hydrangea.

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Ray Jenkins from Wyevale Nurseries

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries based in Hereford recently (April, 2019) had its UK Sourced & Grown Assurance Scheme (UKSG) application renewed.

Wyevale Nurseries applied for inclusion in the joint Woodland Trust and Grown in Britain scheme and will be able to offer those trees for sale under a verified UK Sourced and Grown label. 

Chris King, Assistant Production Manager at Wyevale Nurseries’ Transplants Division, explained: “The scheme guarantees our buyers that trees in our stock marked with the UKSG badge are raised from seeds sourced only from the UK and grown in the UK for their entire lifespan. 

“Being part of the scheme allows our customers to come to us and source full traceable UK provenance stock. This is particularly important in not only sustaining our own business but reducing the requirements for imports, by creating more demand for UK provenance stock.

“This reduction in imports supports our industry, while minimising the risk from foreign pest and diseases, which can have a devastating impact on our landscape.

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Harriet Andrews has joined the Wyevale Nurseries Sales Team

HARRIET ANDREWS from May Hill in Gloucestershire has recently (April, 2019) joined one of the largest, family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK as a Sales Trainee.

Nineteen-year-old Harriet is currently developing her knowledge of the stock at Wyevale Nurseries and is working on sales related tasks within the cash and carry team. 

Harriet said: “I am delighted to have joined Wyevale Nurseries as a Sales Trainee. I know I have a lot to learn and I’m very eager and excited about this opportunity.

“Prior to my role at Wyevale Nurseries, I worked at Fleurie Nursery in Chichester as a stock control and sales support assistant. I also attended Pershore College and gained a Level 3 extended diploma in Horticulture.”

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Emily the new Wyevale Nurseries HR Manager

EMILY WRIGHT from Martley on the Worcestershire-Herefordshire boarder has recently (April, 2019) joined one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries as its HR Manager.

In her role at Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, Emily will manage and develop successful HR strategies that help the company to achieve its goals.

Thirty-five-year-old Emily, who previously worked as an Engagement Manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group, said: “I am thrilled to have joined the team at Wyevale Nurseries. 

“Before making the decision to move from London to Martley, I worked in the financial industry. I have experience working as a Senior Level Executive Assistant for RBS. This role involved supporting senior management and line managers across a broad scope of HR employee relation issues. More latterly, my role at the RBS Group included delivering on reward and recognition projects, as well as wellbeing incentives.

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Pyracantha ‘Red Star’

STAFF at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries are celebrating this week (Monday, April 1, 2019) after being granted the sale and propagation licence for an award-winning Pyracantha.

Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford will be growing Pyracantha ‘Red Star’, which was the winner of the Innovation Award in the category of woody plants in January at IPM ESSEN 2019.  

Kyle Ross, Production Manager at the Containers Division at Wyevale Nurseries, explained: “We’re extremely excited to have been granted the sale and propagation licence for Pyracantha ‘Red Star’. It was bred by Van der Sar Longlife Plants in the Netherlands and we obtained the licence from Plantipp.

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Robin retires after 39 years at Wyevale Nurseries

ROBIN TRUMPER from Hereford celebrated his retirement yesterday (Wednesday, March 20, 2019) after 39 years of service at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries.  

Robin, who was an Amenity & Landscape Sales Executive at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, started working at the firm in October 1980. 

Andy Johnson, Managing Director of Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Robin has been an incredibly loyal and committed member of the sales team for nearly 40 years, with an encyclopaedic-like knowledge of plants, suppliers and the history of production methods. 

“He was always willing to give an opinion and answer all manner of questions to help colleagues and customers alike. Robin had been considering retirement for a number of years, with plenty of hobbies and interests to keep him busy, but in typical Robin-style, he decided the spring equinox was as good a day as any.

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New purple plants for 2019

ONE OF the UK’s leading commercial nurseries has officially unveiled several new plants for 2019.

Wyevale Nurseries, which is a family owned wholesale grower in Hereford, has officially launched Ficinia ‘Ice Crystal’, Euonymus ‘White Spire’, Anisodontea ‘Elegans Princess’ and Raspberry ‘Yummy’.

Colin Stanley, Retail Sales Manager at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “We had a great reception about our new plants for 2019 from attendees at the Garden Press Event in February in London. It was great to listen to people talking about them and wanting to find out more.

Ficinia ‘Ice Crystal’ is an unusual grass variety and has distinctive ‘frosted’ foliage giving the illusion of a crisp winters morning all year round. Plant in full sun and watch it flourish. The ultimate patio pot grass, sure to stand out in any garden or plant in clusters for maximum impact. It comes in a 2 litre pot and is available from August.