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 – Horticulturist/Pruning Specialist/Stock Control
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 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.
James McCurdy – Machine Driver/General Nurseryman
James McCurdy, the middle McCurdy son, is a flexible all-rounder who can turn his hand to most things on the nursery, whether it be potting, unloading deliveries or supervising a crew. After completing his BA at Buckingham University in Politics, Law and Economics, he decided to rejoin the company intermittently between adventures. Fortunately, having grown up in the family business, James has a great knowledge of how things operate on the nursery, so can slot in effortlessly where needed especially as he is a natural machine driver – to the great relief of the team during busy times.
Amanda Bradshaw – Nurserywoman
Amanda has over 14 years experience in horticulture, and is a second generation nurseryman having worked on nurseries and as Head Gardener on estates. She learnt her trade under the watchful eye of her father, is very knowledgeable and is always striving for perfection. She loves working with people and has a zest for life that is infectious, and her enthusiasm knows no bounds.
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.
Sales & Advice
Helen Thomas – Horticultural Advisor
We first had the opportunity to work with Helen after she was the worthy winner to design our show and demonstration gardens, in a competition run by Capel Manor College of Garden Design. In 2013 we persuaded her to come and join us to help us handle the day to day enquires of both walk in and telephone enquiries. Helen received her BA(Hons) in Fashion Design and thereafter spent 12 years at one of the major fashion houses as a senior designer before taking a career break. Having always been an avid gardener, Helen decided to retrain as a garden designer to combine her great design and drawing skills with her love of plants. She studied garden design at Capel Manor College for her NOCN Cert. Garden Design where she won an award as Student of the Year. She has excellent communication skills, and a mature, tactful and caring disposition in dealing with any size project.
Andrew Austin - Sales Team Leader
Andrew is one of our most experienced advisors, and as such works closely with our Sales Manager, Sarah, in the management of the sales office. He leads both by guidance and example, putting his considerable product knowledge and outstanding customer service skills to excellent use. Andrew has over 25 years experience in horticulture on large estates, tree nurseries, arboretums and in garden centre management. He initially joined us as a horticulturist in early 2007 working on the nursery as a grower before transferring to the sales department. He has an Ordinary National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture from Askam Byran College of Agriculture and Horticulture. Andrew is renowned for his patience and reliability, out of which has grown an ever-expanding, loyal following of repeat customers.
Sue Boetius – Horticultural Advisor
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. On her return we were able to persuade her to join our horticultural advice team. 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, so she knows firsthand the joys, pains and challenges one faces. Sue is a ‘practical’ designer who understands how things grow and how they are built which makes her advice invaluable, a fact that many of her clients rave about after the job is done! She is a real team player who cares deeply about her customers.
Andy Miles - Horticultural Advisor
Andy Miles is pretty much the most amiable and approachable sales professional we have ever had the privilege of working alongside. His fifteen-plus years experience in horticulture, primarily in garden centre management, comes through in his willingness to instantly drop whatever he is doing when a customer require assistance. He has an Ordinary National Diploma, a Higher National Diploma from Oakland’s College of Agriculture and Horticulture in Hertfordshire, and a tree knowledge that is second to none. Andy can tell you almost anything about a tree – whether it be preferred soil type, height in ten years, or susceptibility to disease – no Google required!
Sarah Shynn - Sales Manager - Currently on maternity leave
Our Sales Manager, Sarah, is the longest standing and most experienced member of our sales team, valued highly both for her design expertise and pragmatic business sense. In addition to her responsibilities as a senior manager, Sarah handles those enquiries which require a high level of design advice and project management. She draws from over 20 years of garden design, landscape contracting, landscape sales experience and as a grower in a nursery, as well as her formal training, which includes an OND and HND in Commercial Horticulture from Writtle College of Agriculture and Horticulture, and a distinction in Garden Design from Capel Manor, one of the nation's leading garden design schools. Sarah joined Majestic Trees in 2004 and specialises in designing planting schemes and treescapes to both beautify and transform landscapes all over Britain. She was honoured by her industry peers in 2011 when she was awarded ‘Sales Professional of the Year’ at the UK Grower Awards.
Nicola Byrne – Sales Assistant
Nicola has a BA (Hons) in Art and did work in her field prior to starting a family. In 2012 she went back to school for three years attending Capel Manor completing her Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma in Floristry with Distinction. In 2015 we persuaded her to join our team were she assists the Horticultural Advisors and takes customers on tours of the nursery to find and hopefully select a tree or two. She has great customer service skills, is hard working and will do whatever it takes to ensure your complete satisfaction.
Alice Cappellini – Sales Assistant
Alice is a 5th generation nurserywoman whose father grows some of the large, unusual specimen trees we grow on in our AirPots. She joined our team in 2014 originally working on the nursery, prior to moving into sales this spring. She has a MA in Business Communication and Marketing, and has proven herself invaluable with her excellent customer service and sales ability. She is driven, hard working and has a passion for trees.