Fern Snowling – Logistics Manager
Fern joined Majestic Trees in 2006 and quickly proved herself as both driven, hardworking, and very able at managing people. Over the next 9 years she moved up to become the Logistics Manager before deciding in 2013 to go traveling around the world which consumed most of her next 3 years. She was sorely missed, and thankfully she came back and quickly picked up where she left off, helping run the day to day operations of Majestic Trees. She manages all the planting team and yard, besides being a very talented machine operator holding all relevant licenses for any size telescopic fork lift, skidsteers, hiabs, excavator, etc and HGV truck licenses. Fern is a very ͚hands-on͛ person who is extremely logical and delights in team efficiency, effectiveness, and ͚making it happen whatever the challenge. She is one of those critical leaders who radiates camaraderie and promotes the team͛s high morale. She also serves on the company's Senior Management Committee, where her insights and experience are especially invaluable.
Andy Porter - Planting Supervisor
Andy has worked since the early days of Majestic Trees having been with us for over 11 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
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, and when not working loves to do triathlons . 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.
Carl Batchelor - Planting Supervisor & HGV1
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.
Daniel Martin – Arborist/AfterCare/HGV2
In 2011, Daniel decided to go back to college and retrain as an arborist. He worked for an excellent arborist company, yet whilst enjoying the work soon decided that climbing and chain sawing trees all day was not for him. Joining our planting team in 2013 provided an opportunity to pursue his professional interest in trees from a different angle. Daniel is always on time, hard working, determined and trustworthy. He has a passion for trees and absorbs information like a sponge which, combined with his excellent customer service skills, resulted in him being promoted to the AfterCare programme in 2014, a role he takes on during the spring and summer.
Tommy Forrester – Planting Team Leader
Tommy has watched Majestic Trees grow over the years as he lived down the road since he was born. He originally opted for a career in catering as a professionally trained chef, but after 8 years of unsociable hours he opted for a career change to reflect his love of the outdoors. He has fitted in very quickly as a member of the planting crew and is known for his hard work and great attitude. Tommy is pursuing his RHS2 qualification at Capel Manor whilst completing the Majestic Trees 3 year Apprenticeship. Among his hobbies, he enjoys traditional bow building and travelling.
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.
Paul Wren – Logistics Support
Paul joined us 2017 on his return from 14 years in Australia. Surprisingly he doesn͛t feel the cold, but quickly proved how adaptable and hardworking he is. He supports the production team with various tasks, though is happiest when prepping sold trees and loading the trucks. With many years͛ experience with heavy machinery and their electrical maintenance, his skills will come in very useful with our varied and large plant and equipment. He loves the outdoor life, and is happiest when canoeing, cycling or gardening.
Katrina Rhodes – Scheduling/Administrator
Katrina joined us from Xerox in 2016 where she had worked for 17 years in a fast-paced customer care oriented role. We had been trying to persuade her to join us for 16 years as she also happens to be a superb gardener, a fact known by those of us who live locally and have witnessed her past successes with her vegetables at the annual village show. We finally persuaded her to bring her talents to Majestic Trees, where she now organises all our scheduling, liaises with customers on a daily basis and provides versatile practical support to a wide range of projects as the need arises. Totally dedicated to customer service with a nothing is too much trouble attitude, Katrina is very efficient, logical, great at problem solving and always thinking outside the box.
William Tudway – Logistic and Planting Support
William’s employment at Majestic Trees started as a Saturday job whilst he was finishing his A-levels, washing and greasing all the machinery and trucks. After his graduation in May 2019, he joined us full time, working mainly in the Planting & Logistics team but also providing support to the Nursery team when needed. He is a hardworking member of the team who enjoys practical, outdoor work, especially anything where heavy machinery is involved.
Thomas McDaniel – Planter, Arborist, HGV1
When Thomas joined us in the spring of 2019 he brought with him eleven years of experience in working with trees and landscape management at The Parks Trust. However, the reality of that role was that most of his tree work revolved around removing or reducing trees in poor condition, so the opportunity to plant large specimen trees for a living instead was an appealing prospect. He holds a National Diploma in Countryside Management and an RFS Certificate in Arboriculture, has excellent machine skills, and is a great team player.
Dean Mayo – Horticulturist/Planter
After watching our team delivering trees to show gardens at RHS Hampton Court, Dean enquired and thereafter joined us in 2019, motivated by a desire to develop a professional specialism in trees. With over 15 years in the garden maintenance and landscaping sector, including six years at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, he was an ideal candidate for our planting team. He comes to us with glowing references, and is a very able and hardworking horticulturist. We are delighted to have him on board.
Michael Flemons – Planter, HGV2
Michael has been with us since the spring of 2019 having done tree surgery work for many years. He joined us initially as a temp, but was attracted by the prospect of working for a dynamic and growing company and soon expressed an interest in joining us permanently as a member of the planting team. He quickly fit in, and has a ‘do whatever it takes’ attitude, with a good work ethic and a happy deposition that makes the day fly by for his team mates.