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Company History

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  • Majestic Trees has seen rapid growth year on year... and that profitability is shared with staff through an innovation staff reward scheme, which sees employees who are paid 15% above the market norm share 25% of the net profits of the company each year.
  • It is the people who make Majestic Trees. We’ve built up a close knit, highly skilled team whose passion and input has been invaluable.

Majestic Trees is always looking for outstanding people to join our team. If you are driven, ambitious, hardworking with a passion for horticulture, we may be the company you are looking for!

We only hire people who are honest and who have ethics beyond reproach. So if you agree with that ethos and are looking for a new challenge in a rapidly growing company where you believe you can make a difference, please call or email your CV. Even if we are not currently advertising a position you would be interested in, but think you would like to talk to Majestic Trees about your career plans, please contact us.

We reward our staff with industry leading pay and benefits including profit sharing, a great working environment as part of a terrific team and excellent tools and equipment to do the job. Our current openings are listed below:

We will require a completed (in detail) application form, which you can download by clicking the adjacent button. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nurseryperson with strong Pruning Skills

Although we do not currently have any vacancies for horticulturalists, we may be recruiting in the near future. We would be seeking an experienced horticulturalist with good machine skills and extensive tree growing and pruning knowledge. PA1&6 helpful.

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Apprenticeships

We started our Apprenticeship Programme in 2011 to develop and train our future horticulturists. These apprentices spent four days per week working within our team, and one day per week studying horticulture at Capel Manor College. We accept applications for this programme year round, though it may be many months before a decision is made as to the number of apprentices we are looking for at our next intake. If you are interested, we encourage you to download the application form attached and fill it out completely. In due course we will inform you when we would like to interview you, and thereafter the progress of your application.

Experienced Tree Planters

We have no current openings, but may well add additional members to our 7 man team in the future. We prefer to hire trained horticulturists with previous experience in planting large trees. We work in all weather and the work is hard but rewarding, and some overnights are required, though always well fed and in nice accommodation.

HGV1 and 2/Machine Operator

Unfortunately, we have no current vacancies, but may well add additional members to the 5 person HGV team in the future. However, all of our drivers must be willing to offload the trees, plant and get muddy. It is hard work and not for steering jockeys. You must be fit and able to work long hours as needed, but the rewards are high for our industry.

Salesperson/Horticultural Advisor

No current openings, but we will consider applications for future openings. If you feel you are exceptional and will grow our business, don’t be shy!

Horticulturalist/Arborist

No current openings, but accepting applications for future openings in ‘AfterCare’.

We will require a completed (in detail) application form, which you can download

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We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Steve McCurdy - Managing Director

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Steve received his initial commercial horticultural education and training at Thomas Rochfords & Sons and Oaklands College of Agriculture and Horticulture in Hertfordshire. In 1979 he was selected for a one-year work experience in the US, and after his return worked in horticultural sales before he immigrated to the US to marry Janet. Together, they went on to build the largest independent interior landscape company in Southern California, which won 93 national and stateside awards. He served on the boards of both national and state trade organisations including 5 years as chair of the main industry convention. He was honoured to be the 2002 interiorscape inductee into the Interiorscape Hall of Fame. They returned to the UK in 2000 and sold their US company in 2001 to focus all of their energies on Majestic Trees, which has culminated in the containerised tree nursery. With over 32 years of horticultural experience, Steve travels extensively searching for the finest specimen trees throughout the year.

Janet McCurdy - Company Secretary

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Janet acts as the Company Secretary and handles tax and corporate issues for the company. She has an MA, a strong administrative background and has been involved in the family business both here and in the U.S. She works closely with the office and accounting staff, supporting their efforts with her knowledge and experience.

Helen Morgan - Finance and Human Resources Manager

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Helen joined Majestic Trees in 2008 and has wide experience in the corporate world in human relations, insurance matters, recruitment, etc. She has an HND in Business and Finance, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and is currently studying to become a chartered accountant. She handles both accounts receivable, payable and payroll in addition to HR, insurance matters, pensions, etc. and works closely with the management team to ensure the company always runs smoothly when it comes to all our financial affairs.

Jane Poyner – Customer Service & Administration

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Jane joined our team in 2006 and is the first person you will normally meet whether you visit the nursery or call. She also works behind the scenes and manages our general enquiries by e-mail and other systems and structures invaluable to the smooth operation of the company. She has a strong administrative background and brings with her over 20 years of experience as a PA and Project Administrator for a large organization, and nothing is too much trouble.

 

Andy Porter - Planting Supervisor


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Andy has worked since the early days of Majestic Trees having been with us for over 9 years. He started on the tree planting team but quickly demonstrated his leadership abilities and his gift to think outside the box, which has resulted in him becoming the senior planter and running one of the tree planting teams. He previously worked in groundcare and landscape maintenance and holds all the relevant tickets for the heavy equipment we operate. Andy is multi-skilled, a capable driver of a 7.5 ton lorry, and has completed his City & Guilds NVQ2 in Horticulture during his time at Majestic. He has excellent customer service skills and is always hard-working, punctual and conscientious.

Winston Woodward – Planting Supervisor/HGV2


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Winston joined Majestic Trees in early 2006 and has been in the industry for over 20 years. He has an ND in Horticulture (Distinction) and worked for six years as part of the team building the Eden Project and has worked overseas on other projects. Winston is a qualified Pesticide applicator, is a licensed machine operator driving most of our fleet of heavy machinery as well as a HGV2 driver. Winston provides consistent and knowledgeable horticultural care, heading up the companies AfterCare services. He is passionate about his plants and it shows in the detail and thoroughness of his work, and customer survey’s demonstrate this. He has proven to be an invaluable team member leading a crew on projects across the UK with the utmost professionalism.

Tom Dulieu - HGV1/Machine Operator


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Tom grew up on a farm which resulted in him learning to drive machinery at an early age. With about 20 years experience, there is little he cannot drive or does not hold a license for, whether it be telescopic handlers, tractors, skidsteers, excavators, hiab crane and tracked dumpers, etc. and of course a HGV1 truck license. Tom joined Majestic in 2006 where he has become an important part of the tree planting team and is very detailed and extremely practical. He is especially adept at long distance or trunking work and has been known to turn around up to 3 artic trailer loads of trees in one day when we are running in numerous trees for the show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show!.

Iain Heaslip – HGV1 & Tree Planting Team


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Iain joined our team in 2009 and has worked in the nursery business for over 20 years, primarily at a bonsai nursery. Now instead of bonsai trees, he thinks nothing of moving and planting trees in 80 to 5,000 litre pots. Over the years he has picked most of his horticultural knowledge on the job, though he has completed his City & Guilds, NVQ2 in Horticulture. It doesn’t matter where you live, Iain is happy to drive to you. He is a natural at delivering and planting trees, usually as part of a team, and holds a license for various machinery and of course a HGV1 truck license.

Alex Balbi – Arborist/HGV1 Driver


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Alex is a passionate tree lover who received his National Diploma in Arboriculture at Moulton College, as well as numerous other qualifications in tree climbing, chainsaw, traffic management and First Aid. He joined Majestic Trees in 2011 after 4 years of arboriculture work, as he felt drawn to planting large specimen trees. He is hard working, has a great attitude, very conscientious and has very good customer service skills. He is also an excellent truck driver and holds license for various heavy plant including telescopic handlers, scissor lifts, excavators, hiab crane and tracked dumpers, etc. and of course a HGV1 truck license.

Carl Batchelor - HGV1 & Tree Planting Team


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Carl has worked in the horticultural industry for over 20 years, having joined Majestic Trees in early 2004 where he has progressed from crew member to a leadership role. Carl has a practical “can-do” approach with a commitment to excellent customer service that makes him an invaluable team leader. He is fully competent in all plant and machinery we own, including excavators, telehandlers, skidsteers etc., and holds all relevant tickets as does all of his crew that operate them. Carl also holds both a HGV1 and 2 rigid and articulated truck licenses, and is a fully qualified First Aider. As if that weren’t enough, during his time at Majestic, Carl has also undertaken and completed his City & Guilds NVQ2 in Horticulture.

Bruno Lechevalier – Nurseryman & Tree Planting Team


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Bruno originally asked if he could come and work at Majestic Trees for a 12 months period in 2012 to observe our growing practices and hopefully learn a few things, but has enjoyed himself so much he has asked to stay! After completing his horticultural studies, he worked for a number of years as a nurseryman on a tree nursery in France that is one of our tree suppliers. Bruno has a great attitude, works very hard and is a stickler for detail. He very ably operates various machinery, doesn’t believe in the 35 hour week, and is one of the nicest people you could want to meet, always happy! His passion for trees in infectious as is his love for life, always enthusiastic and willing to pitch in and help anyone, whatever it is!

Daniel Martin – Planting Team


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In 2011, Daniel decided to go back to college and retrain as an arborist. He then went on to work for an excellent arborist company, and whilst enjoying the work decided that climbing and chain sawing trees all day was not for him. He then decided to pursue a different avenue by working at our nursery, with a focus on tree planting. Daniel is always on time, hard working, determined and trustworthy and has been an excellent addition to our team.

Nursery

Carlos Guinand – Nursery Manager

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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 Bengtsson – Horticulturist/Pruning Specialist/Stock Control

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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. Previously she studied horticulture for 2 years and graduated with a Diploma in advanced pruning from the Swedish Horticultural Society. 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.

Dariusz Piwko – Nurseryman & Yard Foreman


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Dariusz joined us in early 2011 after over 8 years working as a nurseryman growing trees and as a machine operator on another large containerised tree nursery. When he first joined us he was involved in all areas of tree production, especially in the receiving, offloading, setting out, potting and respacing of the trees throughout the year and the irrigation during the growing season. He is very hard working, detailed and conscientious, and nothing is too much trouble and as a result he was promoted to Yard Foreman to oversee the loading of our trucks and the receiving and offloading of new stock which he ably handles. Dariusz holds various licenses for a lot of the heavy equipment we operate on the nursery.

Tristen Lindfors – Nurseryman & Machine Operator


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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!

Philip Ostley – Nurseryman/AfterCare Specialist


Philip Ostley – Nurseryman/Pruning Specialist

Phil joined Majestic Trees in 2012 after completing the prestigious Kew Diploma in Botanical Horticulture, one of horticultures most eminent and sought after courses. Prior to that he graduated from Pershore College of Agriculture and Horticulture with a BSc(Hons) degree in horticulture and prior to that an HND in Amenity and Landscape Horticulture, having previously worked at other nurseries since his early teens. Phil is passionate about trees, and quickly proved his knowledge and ability on joining our team, working on every facet of production. He has a PA1 & 6 pesticide license, is a fully qualified arborist and a Professional Tree Inspector, which makes him extremely well suited to the position of AfterCare services to our customers.

Matt Stevens - Facilities Maintenance


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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


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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.

Ross Lane – Nurseryman


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Ross joined our company in early 2012 having worked alongside his father in their landscaping business for seven years including three years at college which he completed with a distinction in Forestry and Arboriculture. He is an able machine operator and is involved in all areas of tree production, especially in the receiving, offloading, setting out, potting and respacing of the trees throughout the year. Ross works hard with a good eye for detail, and assists Maria with the nursery inventory and stock management.

Elizabeth Hearle – Nursery Apprentice / HGV2


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Lizzy is our new apprentice in 2013 as we continue to give back and develop the future team. She has lived in the village her entire live, though since leaving school in 2006 she focused on pursuing a career in the equestrian industry and dreamt of reaching the Olympic Eventing team. Whilst she still pursues that later goal by competing on weekends and during holiday breaks, Lizzy decided that she wished to pursue a career in horticulture and now is being trained as she works on the nursery when not attending horticultural college. She naturally has an HGV2 lorry license from the days of driving her horsebox and is an able machine operator.

Rebekka Jurgelucks


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Becky’s is a third generation nurserywoman as her family owns a large tree nursery in Germany. She originally came for a years experience in 2010 having previously completed horticultural college and her nursery training, after working around the world at various nurseries. She decided to come back for a second period with us and is a valued team member, who has proved that ‘dynamite comes in small packages’. Becky works in all aspects of nursery production and is very gifted at tying up the biggest trees we grown into relatively small packages.

 

Sales & Advice

Helen Thomas – Horticultural Advisor

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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 - Horticultural Advisor

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Andrew handles many of the day to day enquiries, both on the nursery and by phone, fax or email, and has outstanding customer service skills. 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 his current position when a position opened up. He has an Ordinary National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture from Askam Byran College of Agriculture and Horticulture, and loves to meet with and assist our walk-in trade. He is totally committed to every customer's complete satisfaction, is extremely patient and has excellent follow through.

Sue Boetius – Horticultural Advisor

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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. 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 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 understands the 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, cares deeply about her customers with excellent follow through and communication skills.

Andy Miles - Horticultural Advisor

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Like Andrew, Andy Miles also handles day to day enquiries, both on the nursery and by phone, fax or email, and has excellent customer service skills. It doesn’t matter how much pressure he is under, he will always make everyone feel welcome whatever the time of day. His fifteen-plus years experience in horticulture, primarily in garden centre management have not only made him extremely knowledgeable, but also very patient and friendly no matter how small the enquiry. He has an Ordinary National Diploma and a Higher National Diploma from Oakland’s College of Agriculture and Horticulture in Hertfordshire, though his ability to tell you almost anything about a tree or shrub including the soil type it likes, diseases it is prone too are second to none.

Sarah Shynn - Project Design Manager

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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, and was honoured by her industry peers with the Grower of the Year, ‘Sales Professional of the Year’ 2011 for the UK nursery industry. Sarah has excellent follow-up which, when combined with her great customer service skills, ensures total customer satisfaction.

Sara Phillips - Sales Manager/Scheduling

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Sara is a natural born sales person with lots of energy, drive and initiative, and was honoured by her industry peers with the Grower of the Year, ‘Sales Professional of the Year’ 2010 for the UK nursery industry. She has a BA(Hon) in French, a RHS General Certificate in Horticulture and completed a City & Guilds in Plants and Planting Design course at Oakland’s College of Agriculture and Horticulture. She has been an avid gardener all her life, has worked in sales and sales management for over 20 years, joining our team in the early days in March 2003. Sara oversees all the scheduling of deliveries and tree planting in addition to managing the sales and horticultural advice team, ensuring that we deliver what we promise. She is very decisive and has a phenomenal understanding of Britain and the lie of the land and road network which greatly enables her to quickly look at the complex problem of delivering solutions, to the problem of matching up the truck, equipment and team needed to deliver and plant in a timely, effective and efficient manner.

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