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.
Eliot Barden – Aftercare, Apprenticeship and Training Manager
Eliot is a very knowledgeable 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 quickly proved his importance to the team, and has taken on additional responsibility, from the Pest & Disease to the Apprenticeship & Training programmes, culminating in him joining our senior management team. 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 is the lead who manages our AfterCare service and advice to customers.
Bruce Houghton – Assistant Nursery Manager
Bruce has been a nurseryman for well over 30 years, and has a real love of growing. He started his career growing vegetables before spending 15 years at Chessum Plants/Langard, and then spent a number of years growing bedding plants before joining us in 2015. As Carlos’s right hand man, Bruce works as a member of the production team, is hardworking, and has a do anything, whatever it takes drive to ensure Majestic Trees continued success. He is an able machine operator, and has a PA1, 2 & 10 spraying license.
Iain Heaslip – Nurseryman/HGV1
Iain joined our team in 2009 and has worked in the nursery business for getting on 30 years, prior to Majestic primarily at a bonsai nursery. Over the years he has picked up most of his horticultural knowledge on the job, though he has completed his City & Guilds, NVQ2 in Horticulture. These days, he primarily is based on the nursery were he loves to prune, but when duty calls you can still find him delivering and planting trees, as he 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.
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 since he joined us in 2019.
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
Tom Yaxley – Nurseryman
Tom started his horticultural career by attending both Capel Manor & Shuttleworth Colleges, were he completed both his RHS Level 2 Horticulture and Level 3 Arboriculture. He then spend 5 years traineeship at Kew, followed by 7 years at Rothamstead Research Centre in their nursery, during these periods he obtained various machine tickets as well as his PA1 & 6. He joined us in spring 2021, and has quickly fitted in as we build an even bigger team after our rapid expansion over the past 6 months!
Philip Reeves – Trainee Nurseryman
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.
Ellen Underwood – Trainee Nurserywoman
Ellen joined us in 2021, having completed her BSc in Horticulture at Writtle University. She original found her love of horticulture as she used to assist her father in the care of his primula collection, which he showed at both RHS and other flower shows around the UK. Ellen has quickly fit into the team, showing the passion she has for growing, and insatiable desire to learn. She has a PA1 & 6 pesticide applicators license.
Thomas Dove – Trainee Nurseryman
Thomas joined our team in 2021 after a year of rapid expansion, were we grew 42% in one growing season! Prior to joining us he was working as a gardener in Yorkshire, having completed studies at Askham Bryan College in both Horticulture, Forestry and Arboriculture in 2013. A strapping lad, Thomas is know not only for his golf club swings; he’s very good at golf; but his speed at which he can strim a grass bank; no one can do it quicker. On any given day you may find Thomas working with a potting team, cutting grass or weeding killing; he has a PA1 & 6 backpack license, all important jobs that need doing to make Majestic Trees look good.
Grace Ibberson – Trainee Nurserywoman
Grace joined us in 2021 after spending 8 years in the travel industry, where she rose to Customer Service Manager. However, the pandemic made her revaluate where she was going in life, and having working outdoors when she travelled ‘down under’ after college, always liking walking and gardening, she decided to make a big plunge and leave her blossoming career to start again as an apprentice at Majestic Trees studying horticulture. This opportunity provides both one day per week classroom learning as well as in depth nursery training, were she has quickly proven her positive, driven determination to go far and do whatever the task to the best of her ability. Additionally her excellent customer service skills find her supporting the sales team at peak periods.