Sarah Shynn - Sales Manager
Our Sales Manager, Sarah, has been with Majestic Trees since 2004 and specialises in designing planting schemes and treescapes for those projects which require a high level of design advice. She is the longest standing and most experienced member of our sales team, valued highly both for her creative expertise and pragmatic business sense. She draws from over 25 years of experience in garden design, landscape sales and as a grower in a nursery. Her formal training 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. In 2011, Sarah was honoured by her industry peers by being awarded ‘Sales Professional of the Year’ at the UK Grower Awards.
Helen Thomas – Horticultural Advisor
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 was just beginning a second career in horticulture at the time, but was in fact already a very experienced designer, as she had been working as a designer and illustrator in the fashion industry for many years. She studied garden design at Capel Manor College for her NOCN Cert. Garden Design and was awarded Student of the Year upon graduation. She has excellent communication skills, and a mature, tactful and caring disposition in dealing with any size project.
Andrew Austin - Sales Team Leader
Andrew is one of our most experienced advisors, and as such works closely with our Sales Manager, Sarah, in the management of the sales office. He leads both by guidance and example, putting his considerable product knowledge and outstanding customer service skills to excellent use. 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 the sales department. He has an Ordinary National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture from Askam Byran College of Agriculture and Horticulture. Andrew is renowned for his patience and reliability, out of which has grown an ever-expanding, loyal following of repeat customers.
Andy Miles - Horticultural Advisor
Andy started his horticulture career in 1998, and prior to joining Majestic Trees in 2008, had been on the Wyevale garden centre management track. A real people person, this comes through in his willingness to instantly drop whatever he is doing when a customer require assistance. He has a Higher National Diploma in Horticulture from Oakland’s College of Agriculture and Horticulture in Hertfordshire, and his tree knowledge is second to none. Andy can tell you almost anything about a tree – whether it be preferred soil type, height in ten years, or susceptibility to disease!
Louisa Marriott – Horticultural Advisor
Louisa originally joined us on a short-term maternity cover contract in 2014, but she was so good we persuaded her to stay. After having her son Findlay she returned P/T, and is still providing customers with advice and is very good at offering practical and logical solutions to their queries. She studied at the Berkshire College of Agriculture where she graduated with a National Certificate of Horticulture, she has worked in a number of horticultural roles, including managing the sales at one of our competitors, running her own business and being a horticultural advisor to a council planning department.
Alan Williams – Horticultural Advisor
Alan started his working life in horticulture, initially as a green keeper rising during his 15 years to a nursery manager of hardy plants. He then spent a number of years outside horticulture in sales, before seizing the opportunity in early 2017 to combine his horticultural and excellent customer service skills by joining our team. Alan is very approachable and friendly, works hard and is always calm under pressure. He is a great support to the horticultural advisory team.
Jane Anthony – Horticultural Advisor
Jane joined us in 2017. We had known her for some years as a garden designer we sold trees to, so when she expressed an interest we seized the opportunity. She received a Distinction in ‘Professional Planning and Planting’ when she studied garden design, though she had previously been in sales before she had her children. She is always happy and helpful, positive and fun to be around and is a great addition to our team.
Anna Ritchie - Assistant Horticultural Advisor
Anna was the 2020 recipient of the £3,000 Majestic Trees/Colgrave scholarship, that entitled her to travel oversees to work on an in-ground tree production nursery, which she hopes to be able to do later this year. However, with the pandemic this was not possible, so Anna came to work and initially spent 6 months in a full production season which is very hands on, and is currently working in the sales department. She completed her BSc degree in Horticulture with Honours at Writtle, one of the most horticultural colleges in the country for land based learning, and is already proving why she won this award.