Apprentice of the Year was awarded at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival last Friday, and was won by Bransford Webbs Thomas Everard. Thomas, who is in the second year of his apprenticeship scheme, was presented with the award by Monty Don, during the show. “We are very proud of Tom’s achievements”, commented Karl O’Neill, Apprenticeship mentor at Bransford Webbs. “He has worked very hard during his apprenticeship and is a worthy winner of this award. We are positive he has a bright future with us here”. Thomas joined Bransford Webbs in September 2017, on the two-year apprenticeship scheme, working towards a level 2 work based diploma in horticulture. He successfully applied for the job of area team leader in August 2018 and is responsible for the growing and despatch of crops within his area. He was also an IPPS GB & I 6 pack award winner in 2018, which enabled … Continue reading
The Bransford Webbs Plant Company donates plants to St Richards Hospice for them to sell on behalf of the charity. Karen Jenkins, Propagation Supervisor, co-ordinates this with the hospice, and collects and delivers the plants in her own time. Since the beginning of 2017, the charity has raised over £8500 through the sale of these plants. St Richards Hospice is an independent charity that helps people living with life limiting illnesses. They care for 3000 patients, loved ones and the bereaved each year in Worcestershire. In addition to this, The Bransford Webbs Plant Company took part in The Stand Off to Cancer Bake Off at the end of March, raising over £130 from the cake sales. “Fantastic news and a great achievement for a local hospice. Thanks must go to Karen for all her hard work”, commented Adrian Marskell, Managing Director. “Also to the rest of the staff for their … Continue reading
The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are proud to announce the appointment of Adrian King as their new Sales Representative for the Northern territory, caring for and improving on an existing portfolio of accounts throughout the North of England and Scotland. Adrian, formerly of Wyevale and Blue Diamond, has retail experience as a plant area manager and is looking forward to the challenges this new role will offer him. He will be out meeting customers in his new area over the next few weeks and months. “We are very pleased to have Adrian on board with us”, commented, David Chilvers,who has now officially taken up the role as Sales Manager. “He brings with him an excellent knowledge of retail plants and will be a great addition to the sales team”.
The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are very proud of their environmental credentials and have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this important certification back in 2008. Our environmental objectives are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. It remains essential that we proactively choose the most environmental methods of production as possible. Among other targets, we have reduced our peat usage, continue to catch, recycle and reuse all the rainwater which falls on the glasshouses and office / despatch buildings and have a 60KW solar panel system fitted to the main despatch shed roof. Our spray programs are developed to be compatible with the wide range of biological control used on the nursery. We are at the forefront of the industry initiative to replace black plastic pots with a taupe kerbside recyclable alternative. In addition to these achievements, we are now a … Continue reading
Two wonderful new Hebe, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, will be arriving in your garden centres over the next few weeks. Hebe ‘Starlight’, available in garden centres now, is a fantastic new introduction, bred by Seiont Nurseries, and jointly launched by Bransford Webbs for 2019. This Hebe has attractive cream and green foliage all year round, with dazzling white flowers appearing in summer, attracting bees to your garden. Ideal for pots or the border, this Hebe prefers full sun or partial shade, in well-drained soil. Growing to a height and spread of approx. 1m x 1m, it requires very little maintenance, just a light prune following flowering. Available at all good garden centres, 2L RRP £9.99. Hot on the heels of this wonderful variety, comes Hebe ‘Mint Chocolate’ from the expert breeders Tully Nurseries and exclusive to Bransford Webbs in the UK. This will be available from the Tillington … Continue reading
This week marked a significant change in the potting shed at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, with the first of the new taupe pots being used for potting. The taupe pots will begin appearing in garden centres over the next few months. We will be replacing black plastic pots for all new crops. The new taupe plastic pot is carbon black free, recycled polypropylene that can be identified by near infrared (NIR) and consequently recycled through kerbside recycling schemes, thus allowing the consumer to dispose of their pots to be recycled in a way that has not been possible before now. Re-education of the consumer is paramount to ensure the message is conveyed that these pots can be very easily recycled. “The introduction of kerbside recyclable pots is a major step forward for the industry”, commented David Chilvers, Sales Manger, who has been an integral part of the industry initiative … Continue reading
Bransford Webbs has a long and proud history with apprenticeship schemes, dating back to the late 1980’s, with a number of our current grower, supervisory and management staff beginning their career in this way. Isobel Watson and Amelia Broome began the new level three horticultural technician apprenticeship with Bransford Webbs late last year. The scheme is run in conjunction with Pershore College, part of the Warwickshire College Group, and other Midlands Based Growers. Isobel will work in a variety of nursery departments over the next two years, whilst Amelia will be based in the Propagation unit. They will attend five separate week-long study sessions each year at Pershore College. Bransford Webbs currently have two second year apprentices, Poppy Griffin and Thomas Everard, who are due to complete their course at the end of August 2019. “The apprenticeship schemes, running here since 1989, have been extremely successful for Bransford Webbs”, commented … Continue reading
After fourteen years working with both independent garden centres and group accounts, David Chilvers, our current northern area sales executive is taking on the role of Sales Manager. His new role will see him lead the sales team, whilst continuing to build the company’s relationships with group accounts. This change creates an exciting opportunity for an outstanding individual to join The Bransford Webbs Plant Company sales team, caring for and improving on an existing portfolio of accounts throughout the North of England and Scotland. “I am really looking forward to leading our exceptional sales team once we have found the right person to look after and drive forward our northern territory”, commented David Chilvers. “Bransford Webbs continues to grow and develop in order to maintain its position as one of the leading growers of promotional plants, and this strengthening of the sales team will enable us to offer a better … Continue reading
New Managing Director, Adrian Marskell, with Christine Chalmers, Production Director, and Richard Colbourne, Finance Director.
Winner of the Silver Award for Finished Plants and Trees at the International Grower of the Year Awards.