Our ethos is that people grow plants, and it is the collective Teams here at Binsted, Walberton and Fleurie Nurseries who are responsible for the growth and success of our business. Staff receive a full induction and a probationary period during which newly acquired skills are assessed and recorded. Our appraisal process highlights training requirements and many of our staff undertake day courses and vocational qualifications. We have experts with skills as diverse as tractor and forklift truck driving; abrasive wheels and welding; grafting and rooting cuttings; and specialists in Crop Protection.
We actively support the Southern Growers Club and are members of the West Sussex Growers Association and professional bodies such as the IPPS. This, coupled with having close links with Grow Careers and YoungHort mean we are able to offer our staff great training and development opportunities.
Since 2014 Walberton has been offering Student Placements; this was extended in 2017 to include Binsted and from 2018 will also include Fleurie. The Spring and Summer Placements are aimed at providing hands on, practical experience to those intending to develop a long term career in commercial horticulture, and are ideal for current or recent students of production horticulture. Areas of learning cover diverse parts of the business, from hands-on practical work to learning about management activities. When available, Placement opportunities are advertised on our Vacancies page. Over the years horticulture students have taken placements here from colleges in the UK, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Poland, Greece and Cyprus.
Fleurie have developed several individuals in recent years who, having first completed their qualification in Horticulture, progressed either to Technical jobs within the Farplants group or to other positions within the horticultural industry.
Aside from our Placement opportunities, most of our new recruits come from the local community, including some who originally came from Poland and other European Union countries, all now having made West Sussex their home.