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.
Maria Bengtsson – 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 physicist, 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.
Bruce Houghton – Lead 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.
Iain Heaslip – Planting Team/HGV1
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.
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 where 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.
Eliot Barden – Nurseryman (Aftercare Specialist)
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.
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.
Richard Pavey - Nurseryman
Richard is an experienced horticulturist with many years’ practical experience, including 11 years tree nursery production experience and also having worked as a private gardener. He holds two RHS Level 2 and two RHS Level 3 Certificates and is currently studying for his RHS Masters in Horticulture. The combination of Richard’s extensive practical experience, knowledge, energy and genuine enthusiasm for growing have made him a tremendous asset to the nursery team.
Thomas Smith – Nurseryman
Thomas joined us in the autumn of 2019 bringing with him eight years of horticulture experience working as a grower at another respected nursery, as a gardener at Cambridge University and in a garden centre. He holds an NVQ level 3 in horticulture and a Higher Education Certificate in Horticulture, as well as PA1 + PA6 licenses. He is hard-working with a passion for growing trees, and is already proving himself to be a valuable new member of the team
Philip Reeves – Nursery Assistant
Philip joined us in 2019 from the garden centre trade, and was attracted by the prospect of working solely with specimen trees at Majestic Trees. When Philip was younger he spent a year in New Zealand, which included a lengthy stint at a production nursery. On his return to London he initially resumed his career as a high-end painter and decorator, however, having caught the growing bug, he has decided to change careers. He is hardworking with excellent attention to detail. As part of his apprenticeship he is studying for his RHS Level 2 qualifications.
Cameron Elliott – Nursery Assistant
Cameron joined us in the autumn of 2019 as a result of his keen interest in arboriculture and desire to expand his knowledge and experience of tree species and their care. He holds an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture and was Capel Manor’s Level 2 Arboriculture Student of the Year in 2017 – all accomplished in his own time whilst working in another industry! We welcome him as he trains in specimen tree production.