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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:21

John Woods Nurseries promotes Jo Davey and Chris Bowman to board

John Woods Nurseries, supplier of plants to UK retailers, has strengthened its board with the promotions of Jo Davey and Chris Bowman to the positions of Director Sales and Marketing and Director Production respectively.

Jo Davey takes overall responsibility for the sales team and will oversee the planning and implementation of the company’s marketing strategy. Jo brings 27 years experience in the sector to her new role, having begun her career at Leeds City Parks Department in 1983 before studying for a National Diploma in Amenity Horticulture at Lancashire College of Agriculture & Horticulture between 1987 and 1990. Jo joined Notcutts Garden Centres as a management trainee after leaving college and remained with the business following the management buyout in 2007, most recently serving as Marketing Manager.

Chris Bowman joined Waterers Nurseries at the age of 14 and represents the fourth generation of his family to work at the nursery. He served an apprenticeship from 1976 – 1979, becoming the Merrist Wood Day Release Student of the Year in 1979 and a finalist in the UK Apprentice of the Year awards in the same year. Since 2006 Chris has worked as Commercial Manager for the business, having previously held the titles of Propagation Manager, General Nursery Manager and Nurseries Manager.

In his new role, Chris will be responsible for all production and young plant supplies at John Woods Nurseries.

Commenting on the promotions, John Lord, Managing Director of John Woods Nurseries said, “Jo’s unique skills and experience in developing sales and marketing strategies will prove invaluable to the business as we build on our market position in the months and years ahead. Chris, meanwhile, has an enviable reputation in this sector for his skills in plant production. These skills will be vital to our ongoing efforts to maximise and exceed our customer’s expectations. We welcome Jo and Chris to the board of John Woods Nurseries and look forward to them taking up their new roles.”

More information: www.johnwoodsnurseries.co.uk.


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John Woods Nurseries – Backgrounder

Dating back to land purchased by Thomas Woods from a family dissolved by Henry VIII, John Woods Nurseries, has a long and proud history which began with the supply of fruit and forestry trees to large country estates.

Today, following a management buyout from Notcutts in 2007, John Woods Nurseries is best known for the wide range of hardy plants it supplies to garden centres and retail nurseries throughout the UK.

John Woods Nurseries’ aim is to supply a broad range of hardy nursery stock to help retailers build a comprehensive offer however they choose to merchandise their plants.

Retailers are able to mix across the range of plants which helps maximise the use of retail space throughout the seasons.

John Woods Nurseries supports these ranges and plant concepts with marketing and promotional packages for retailers.  A complete PR programme for new plants and retail brands includes a dedicated customer hotline, helping people find their nearest stockist.

Launches for key introductions; promotion to leading journalists and gardening media at the annual Garden Press Event.  Press packs and images are available for retailers’ in-house publications. This support ensures that all communications are timely, relevant and easy to use.

From its headquarters in Suffolk, East Anglia, John Woods Nurseries produces over 1500 varieties. Product groups produced include trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, ericaceous plants, climbers, ferns, grasses and a kitchen garden range.

The company also offers a contract growing service for large private and public sector landscape gardeners, helping clients meet specific project completion dates. Local landscapers and garden designers are serviced by a purpose built on-site cash and carry.

Nationwide deliveries are made through Bacton Transport Services which has a specialist fleet of horticulturally trained drivers, experienced at operating within the garden centre environment and handling plants with care.

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