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. Prior to that he studied for a MSc in Agronomy/Crop Science at the School of Agronomy, Central University of Venezuela, and his thesis was given an award for being the best at graduation. 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.
Maria Lumb – 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 is currently completing her RHS Masters in Horticulture. 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.
Tristen Lindfors – Nurseryman & Machine Operator
Tristen joined us in 2011 after moving from Alaska to marry his English wife, having previously working as a nurseryman at a tree nursery in Illinois, USA! He grew up on the family farm working on the ranch and later on as a carpenter, thinks our winters are warm and that we don’t know the meaning of cold! He works on the nursery primarily running the irrigation system during the growing season and setting out the stock, potting, respacing in the winter months. and keeping the place looking good. He is an able machine operator, and holds licenses for various equipment we operate. Tristen is hard working, has a great attitude and nothing is too much trouble. He has a great eye for detail, and takes a lot of pride in doing the job right!
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.
David Kennett – Fleet & Facilities Maintenance
David joined us in 2007 and is the man who faithfully ensures our trucks and equipment always looks clean. Whatever the weather, even if it is -10 and however muddy the machine, as long as his pressure washer works, David will clean it! Formally from Zimbabwe, he worked as the general manager on a tea plantation farm before moving to the UK for better opportunities. During the week he is the General Manager of the homeless shelter and soup kitchens at All Soul’s Church in London, but every Saturday you can find David working at Majestic Trees preparing our fleet and equipment for the following week.
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.
Owen Lewis – Nurseryman
Owen originally thought he wanted to be a forester so he studied for his BSc (Hons) in Forestry at Bangor University and graduated with a 2.1 in 2013. He then had the opportunity to work and train under Adam Frost, 7 times Chelsea Gold Medal winner as part of the HomeBase Garden Academy, which included helping him build his 2015 Chelsea Gold Medal Show Garden. He is passionate about trees and loves nothing more in life than growing, and is always willing to do whatever it takes with a great attitude.
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, 2 & 10 spraying license.
Jonathan McCurdy - Apprentice
The youngest of the McCurdy boys, Jonathon has grown up on a steady diet of Majestic Trees. At a very early age he showed a natural ability to growing things and would be found watching Gardeners World or the like. He started on the nursery part time whilst attending college, and after a few years away has decided to get serious with an apprenticeship and is studying at Capel Manor for his RHS Certificate in Horticulture. Jonathon’s great strength lies in his personable nature and keen curiosity about life. He is already proving himself to be a conscientious apprentice and valued member of the team.
Richard Cope – Apprentice
Richard first came to work as temporary help over two years in our busy spring seasons, whilst he pursued what he thought was his true career ambition of joining the police force. After working here for the second time he returned to us with different career aspirations and we couldn’t have been more delighted to offer him an apprenticeship to pursue a career in horticulture. He too is studying at Capel Manor College for his RHS Certificates in Horticulture and already has a number of heavy machinery tickets. He is hard working, a great time keeper and always has a great attitude.