Carlos Guinand – Nursery Manager
Carlos joined Majestic Trees in 2007 after immigrating from Venezuela and has over 20 years of experience growing vegetables, ornamental foliage, forestry as well as trees. Academically, he holds a five year engineering degree in Agronomy and Crop Science, awarded through the School of Agronomy, Central University of Venezuela, with his thesis receiving recognition at graduation for being most outstanding. Carlos loves life and is passionate about trees and growing the highest quality stock. He is one of the key members of staff who really 'makes it happen', works very hard and is very dedicated to the details that make the difference. whether it be the organisation and the setting out of new stock that is grown-on during the growing season, potting, pruning, spraying, etc., whatever the weather! He is an absolute perfectionist, takes great pride in a job well done and instils these principles in his team of horticulturists. He holds a PA1&6 license, as well as various heavy equipment licenses. Carlos serves on the company’s Senior Management Committee, where his insights and experience are especially invaluable.
Maria Lumb – Pruning & Stock Control Manager
Maria joined us in 2011 after moving here from her native Sweden where she worked at the Bergius Botanical Garden. She spent her time there caring for and pruning the large collection of specimen ornamental and fruit trees in this prestigious botanical garden, including the vast collection of Mediterranean plants in the Edvard Anderson Conservatory. After leaving school she studied at university for 5 years to be a chemist, but her love of gardening soon took her back to school to study horticulture for 2 years. She graduated with a Diploma in advanced pruning from the Swedish Horticultural Society, and recently completed her RHS Masters in Horticulture with Distinction. Besides spending many months each year pruning and growing our trees, she manages the pruning team and our tree inventory computer system to ensure we always have accurate and reliable information. She is a dedicated and passionate horticulturist who is committed to excellence, nothing is too much trouble, and she thrives on a challenge however great or small. She serves on the company’s Senior Management Committee, where her insights and experience are especially invaluable.
Matt Stevens - Facilities Maintenance
Matt is the person who maintains the irrigation system, spearheads development of new or refurbished areas, repairs tyres, tools, changes and repairs infrastructure, equipment or golf buggy, etc. He has worked with his hands for over 20 years, and studied and received a City and Guilds distinction in Bricklaying and Construction which he applied in building and facilities maintenance, as well as tree surgery before joining us in 2007. He takes great pride in doing the job right, and is a very practical person with a lot of common sense. He is a valued member of the team, and without him Majestic would struggle to look as good as it does.
Nick Wild - Yard Supervisor
Although Nick enjoyed the good life early in his career, practicalities eventually kept him in an office for many years. At least during working hours, that is; evenings and weekends were still fair game for tinkering with engines and working his land. In 2014 Nick finally made the decision to leave his desk job for a life more Majestic and we really couldn’t have hoped for a better match. Nick’s natural mechanical and horticultural ability, combined with his attention to detail and friendly, positive outlook, make him the ideal character for Yard Supervisor. Nick oversees the loading and offloading of delivery vehicles as well as working with the office to ensure accuracy, safety and efficiency of the loading and transport process.
Bruce Houghton – Nurseryman
Bruce has been a nurseryman for over 30 years. He started his career growing vegetables before spending 15 years at Chessum Plants/Langard. He then spent a number of years growing bedding plants before joining us in 2015. Bruce works as a member of the production team, and has a do anything, whatever it takes drive to ensure Majestic Trees continued success. He has a PA1, 6 & 9 spraying license.
Sue Boetius – Nurserywoman
Sue first joined Majestic Trees as a horticulturist working on the nursery in 2006, prior to taking a year out in 2009 to live in the States where her husband was working. On her return we were able to persuade her to join our horticultural advice team, were she did a brilliant job for over 6 years. She studied at both Capel Manor and Writtle Colleges achieving the RHS General, the Certificate of Higher Education in Horticulture and Design and a Diploma in Garden Design. On leaving college she initially set up her own garden design, landscape construction and garden maintenance business, working mainly on projects in and around Hertfordshire, but now she has gone full circle and back to the nursery were she regularly will be seen either running a team potting, or working alongside Maria assisting her with the stock control and labelling of the trees after they are potted.
Paul Wren – General Nursery Support
Paul joined us 2017 on his return from 14 years in Australia. Surprisingly he doesn’t feel the cold, but quickly proved how adaptable and hardworking he is. He supports the production team with various tasks, though is happiest when prepping sold trees and loading the trucks. With many years’ experience with heavy machinery and their electrical maintenance, his skills will come in very useful with our varied and large plant and equipment. He loves the outdoor life, and is happiest when canoeing, cycling or gardening.
Richard Cope – Apprentice Nurseryman
Richard first came to work for us on a temporary basis during our busy seasons, whilst he pursued his ambition to join the police force. Eventually, however, his career ambitions changed to horticulture and we couldn’t have been more delighted to offer him an apprenticeship. He, too, is studying at Capel Manor College for his RHS Certificate in Horticulture and already has a number of heavy machinery tickets. He has been training under our Pruning Manager, Maria, showing such aptitude that he now spends a considerable amount of his time pruning. He is hard working, a great time keeper and always has a great attitude.
Eliot Barden – Nurseryman
Eliot is a gifted horticulturist who joined us in 2018 after completing the prestigious Kew Diploma with Distinction as a skilled nurseryman. Prior to that he completed his Kew Apprenticeship and studied both RHS Level 2 & 3 in Horticulture, all with Distinction. He is a fully qualified pesticide applicator with all the relevant qualifications, and is hard working, driven and committed to excellence. He is involved in all areas of production, and also provides AfterCare advice to customers.
Heather McEwan – Nurserywoman
Heather joined our team in 2018 as a nurserywoman, specialising in Integrated Pest Management. She graduated with both a National Certificate and later a BSc in Production Horticulture from SRUC, and is involved in all aspects of production, but with particular skills in pest and disease management. Prior to joining us, she worked in Florida for one of the largest USA crop consultancy firms, covering IPM scouting and research. Heather is a driven person who has a pragmatic, conscientious and common sense approach.