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Long service rewarded at Wyevale Nurseries

Published: 14 July 2015
Members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently presented with medals to honour their long service to the company.
Long service rewarded at Wyevale Nurseries
Director's secretary Ros Cowley, workshop manager John Light, and sales manager Adrian Hoare all received bronze medals last month from the Three Counties Agricultural Society for 30 years of continuous service.

Wyevale Nurseries managing director Andy Johnson said: "We are blessed with many long-serving, skilled and loyal staff. On this occasion I particularly want to thank John, Ros and Adrian for their collective 90 years of service and their contribution to the business."

Ros Cowley has worked in all areas of accounts and administration at Wyevale, culminating in her current position as secretary to the company's directors. John Light repairs and maintains a fleet of tractors, forklifts and nursery equipment as well as fabricating and adapting new pieces of kit. Adrian Hoare started work in the nursery's liner unit, progressing to the despatch department, van sales and the cash and carry until recently taking the position of sales manager for the Garden Design and Domestic Landscape customers.

Wyevale Nurseries is a member of The Three Counties Agricultural Society, which issues medals to people who have completed 30 years continuous service to horticulture or agriculture with the same employer or holding company.

Three Counties Agricultural Society is a registered charity working for rural industry, the environment and countryside life. CEO Ken Nottage commented: "Here at the Three Counties Agricultural Society, we are delighted to recognise the loyal commitment of Ros, John and Adrian of Wyevale with our 2015 awards.

"The Three Counties Awards seek to champion the long standing contributions made by horticulture and agricultural businesses such as Wyevale Nurseries to the communities of the Three Counties. Ros, John and Adrian should be extremely proud of their achievements and we hope they will continue to support Wyevale Nurseries with their tireless efforts."

Wyevale Nurseries is one of the largest family-run wholesale nurseries in the UK. It was established in 1930 by Harry Williamson, a horticulturist and entrepreneur. It became the company it is today under the leadership of his son, Peter.

The Williamsons' saw the opportunity to sell their product to an undeveloped retail market, creating one of the first garden centres, followed by a chain. In 1987, the retail side needed to expand and the 19 garden centres were sold as a PLC.

The family then turned its focus to Wyevale Nurseries Ltd. It continues to be a family-run business with ownership and joint chairmanship currently being held by the third generation, Heather and Simeon Williamson, with plans for the fourth generation to takeover in the future.

Wyevale Nurseries has a significant product range and is regularly introducing new plants. It offers a large variety of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants to garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners.

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