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Duo rewarded for long service

18th June, 2024

Duo rewarded for long service

Two team members have been rewarded this month after notching up 80 years of service with us between them (June 2024).

Tractor Driver, Russell Crump, who joined aged 16, has marked 50 years of service with our company this year, while Crop Protection Supervisor, Paul Luntley has celebrated 30 years.

Three Counties Show

Our Chairman, Heather Williamson, whose grandfather started the company 94 years ago, explains:

“Russell was given a Gold Medal for 50 years and Paul a Bronze Medal for 30 years’ service. These awards were presented at the Three Counties Show in Malvern on June 14 by the Three Counties Agricultural Society, to recognise the loyalty and longevity this duo have demonstrated.

Momentous milestones

“I’m so delighted for them. I’d like to congratulate Russell and Paul on their momentous milestones but also to thank them for their steadfast support, hard work and dedication to us, their work mates and our customers across all those years.

“They are motivated, reliable, committed individuals who are a real asset to our team. We’re delighted to have celebrated their achievements with them in such a lovely way.

“Russell started with us as an enthusiastic teenager and almost immediately became a tractor driver, involved in the lifting of the rose crop field at our King’s Acre site, although we don’t grow roses any longer.

All about Russell

“His tractor driving skills have developed down the years working across different departments. He developed his skills as an all-round tractor driver and for many years has been responsible for all cultivation, hedge cutting and maintenance across the farmland within our Tree Division.

“During his initial period in the Tree Division based at Stretton Court Farm, Russell was an assistant to the farm manager growing and harvesting arable crops. As our Tree Division expanded, occupying a significantly increased acreage across the farm, Russell’s knowledge of the land and his skills as an operator became invaluable.

Tractors & trees

“He was also prepared to invest personally in a tractor fleet of his own, which he rented to the business enabling us to expand and develop further.

“He currently has four tractors on permanent hire and is still one of the most capable operators. These days most of his winters are occupied operating a tractor mounted crane, picking up and loading root-balled trees for orders that are then delivered nationwide.

“Russell has always been an exemplary employee, totally reliable and fully committed to the success of our tree business, for which we will always be extremely grateful.”

All about Paul

Paul started his career with us back in 1994 in the Propagation Department where he assisted Production Director, Steve Reed. He held this position for 15 years before moving to crop protection.

Kyle Ross, our Production Manager says:

“If the phrase ‘hard working’ is used, Paul springs to mind. For the last 15 years he has been one of our key spray operatives, carrying out applications of products to keep our plants green and healthy. His knowledge of pests and diseases is invaluable. Together with his colleague Liam Jones they form the crop protection team. They work tirelessly with heavy equipment in all weathers to keep the nursery weed free and healthy.

Never without a smile

“You will not find a more highly regarded member of staff than Paul. Never without a smile on his face, he leaves people laughing wherever he goes. You can ask him to do any task and, not only will he do it, but he will also do it in such a positive manner that his enthusiasm rubs off on you.

“It’s been my privilege to be Paul ’s manager for the past five years. I cannot put a price on how much I value him and how much his daily ‘morning boss’ puts a smile on my face. Thank you for your service, Paul, we are all incredibly proud of you and love having you on our team.”

Team affair

Several of the team members from Wyevale Nurseries who also received awards for long service in previous years celebrated with Paul and Russell at the recent presentation too.