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Andy Johnson from Wyevale Nurseries holding new catalogue

ONE OF the UK’s leading nurseries says it is investing in the future and has seen exceptional demand for British-grown stock.
 
Wyevale Nurseries Ltd says it’s able to supply British-grown plants from its extensive production facilities in Herefordshire into a market struggling to secure its supply-base for the next season and beyond.
 
Andy Johnson, Director at Wyevale Nurseries, which celebrates its 90th Anniversary in 2020, said: “As a company we are going from strength to strength and investing significantly in the future and our teams in order to drive production forward. We are also continuing to develop links with leading plant breeders and raisers, taking in quality young stock to supplement our own propagation.
 
“The demand for British grown native tree and transplants has been exceptional and our doubling of our cold storage capacity is currently nearing completion at our market leading transplant facility.
 

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Kyle Ross from Wyevale Nursies joins Plant Health Professional Register

A PRODUCTION Manager at one of the UK’s leading nurseries based in Hereford has successfully completed a competency exam to become an Associate on the Plant Health Professional Register.

Kyle Ross from Wyevale Nurseries has joined the register organised by the Royal Society of Biology, which aims to develop plant health skills and create a community for plant health professionals.

The 25-year-old explained: “I am delighted to have been accepted as a registered Plant Health Professional. I submitted a competency exam of some 10,000 words, which covered a wide range of topics on the biosecurity spectrum. “I hope that this achievement will show our customers and other horticultural business’ that, at Wyevale Nurseries, we are 100% dedicated to plant health.

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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.