As part of our ongoing mission to inspire and encourage people into working within our fantastic industry, we have carried out a series of interviews to show what a career in horticulture can look like. We went to Walberton & Binsted Nurseries in West Sussex and met Leah Jones, another of their Team Leaders, and we asked her to answer a few questions for us.
What first interested you in horticulture?
To be honest I didn’t come here to work in horticulture. I came here because i needed a job and the seasonal contracts offered were the perfect opportunity for me at the time. But as soon as I started working here I loved it, I love the plants I love working with the plants and seeing something grow from a seed or a bulb.
On an average day what do you do?
Prepping plants, checking off orders that come in and changing machines over, driving the forklift, unloading the lorries and basically anything to do with the potting. I will negotiate with my supervisor on what to do and where to go.
What is the best part of your job?
I think learning so much, I have been here 3 years and have been put on nearly 20 different courses so they are constantly trying to expand my knowledge and give me all the training I could possibly need to help do my job the best that I can. Some of the courses have been amazing. Within months of working here, because I loved it so much, I obtained an allotment so even when I am not at the nursery looking after plants I am at home doing the same because I love it so much, and it’s because of working here. I love changing the machines over getting dirty driving the forklift that’s just me it’s perfect for me, a lot more fun.
Overall why do you enjoy working in horticulture?
I love the plants, I love working with the plants seeing something grow from a seed or a bulb. I always have miniature plug plants and within a few weeks they’re out the door for dispatch.
What would you say is your biggest achievement at work?
I would definitely say moving up so quickly, I had only been here 6 months and was offered dispatch assistant, and in another 4 months and I was a team leader at only 21. You don’t normally see many girls around it’s usually men, that just happens to be how it is and for me I love changing the machines over getting dirty driving the forklift that’s just me it’s perfect for me, a lot more fun.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Stay here definitely and do more training and courses and hopefully keep going up and make manager one day.