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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.

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Steve Reed, Production Director of the Container Division at Wyevale Nurseries, with the Astilbes in the recyclable taupe plant pots

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries is now (March, 2019) using recyclable plant pots for all future retail plants that it’s currently potting.

Wyevale Nurseries has started to phase out its black plastic pots replacing them with taupe coloured pots, supplied by Aeroplas in the West Midlands, in a bid to fight the war on plastic. 

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Wyevale Nurseries’ Karen gets British Empire Medal

A MEMBER of the sales support team at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries in Hereford has recently been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List (January 2019).

Karen Jones, who works at Wyevale Nurseries, received the medal for her long and dedicated service to Kingsland Cub Scouts in Herefordshire.

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Wyevale Nurseries’ new retail plants for 2019

ONE OF THE UK’s leading commercial nurseries has put together a selection of new plants this month (December, 2018) to follow the predicted trends for the retail sector next year.  

Wyevale Nurseries says bold colours look set to be key for 2019, so it’s new plants for retailers in 2019 include the colourful Agapanthus ‘Fireworks’, Cordyline ‘Electric Pink’ and Penstemon ‘Purple Perfection’.