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Mike TristramMike Tristram

Mike Tristram
Proprietor – Walberton, Binsted and Fleurie Nurseries; Chairman, Farplants Group Ltd

Mike joined his parents, who had founded the businesses, in 1989. Whilst developing the business he has also served on various trade bodies, and has complementary land-based business interests as Managing Trustee for Sompting Estate. Mike chairs the Tristram Plants Board meetings for Walberton, Binsted and Fleurie Nurseries and leads on overall strategy and finance. Mike also chairs Farplants Group Limited.

Marc JonesMarc Jones

Marc Jones
Managing Director – Walberton, Binsted & Fleurie Nurseries

Marc joined Walberton in 1997 as Assistant Manager (Despatch), tasked with making improvements and efficiencies in the department. Soon after, Marc became responsible for growing Hellebores and Citrus, and tasked himself with closely monitoring sales budgets. In time, managing potting operations became another part of Marc’s role, as did further crop growing responsibilities. Marc became General Manager of Walberton Nursery in 2012, and following a merger with Binsted Nursery in 2016, and the acquisition of Fleurie Nursery in 2017, became joint Managing Director of all three Tristram Plants nurseries. Marc is also also a Director of Farplants Group Ltd and Farplants Sales Ltd.

Martin EmmettMartin Emmett

Martin Emmett
Director of Business Development – Walberton, Binsted & Fleurie Nurseries

Martin joined the businesses in 1997, starting as the Technical Manager at Binsted Nursery. His main responsibilities are business development and strategic planning; he is also a Director of Farplants Group Ltd and Farplants Sales Ltd. Martin is widely known for representing both our businesses and the whole garden plant sector on bodies such as the NFU Board for Horticulture and the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group. Martin is current Chairman of the HTA Ornamentals Management Committee. Alongside his nursery responsibilities; Martin also runs a horticultural training consultancy and lectures at RBG Kew and RHS Wisley.

Steve CarterSteve Carter

Steve Carter
Director – Walberton, Binsted and Fleurie Nurseries

Stephen joined Fleurie Nursery as Technical Manager in 2004 and became a Director of Fleurie Nursery in 2007. He then took over the general management of Fleurie in 2015. He is also a Director of each of the Tristram Plants nurseries, Farplants Group Ltd and Farplants Sales Ltd. Stephen still plays an active role in the technical aspects of the Fleurie business, but also contributes to the Farplants Group through his wealth of knowledge and experience from other areas of the industry, including involvement in AHDB and DEFRA projects.

Moira ShepherdMoira Shepherd

Moira Shepherd
Health, Safety and Training Manager – Fleurie

Moira joined Fleurie Nursery as Operations Manager in 2007, having worked in similar roles in horticulture since 1995. Moira’s job role changed last year and she is now responsible for health and safety, training and maintenance across all sites, and sundry ordering for the Business.

Sara WalkerSara Walker

Sara Walker
Finance Manager – Fleurie

Sara joined the Fleurie Management Team in December 2007 as Finance Manager, covering all aspects of accounting and payroll for the business. Sara brought with her over 30 years of experience in finance, including life assurance investment funds and pensions.

David HideDavid Hide

David Hide
Technical Manager – Fleurie

David joined Fleurie as Technical Manager in March 2020. He brings a wealth of technical knowledge and growing experience to this role, having previously worked as an agronomist at Fargro for seven years and as an Assistant Technical Manager at Walberton Nursery for a similar period. Previously he worked at RHS Wisley running their propagation department. He is both a FACTS and BASIS examiner and for many years he was also an examiner for the RHS. In 2015 he completed his MHort.

Colin TaylorColin Taylor

Colin Taylor
Sales & Stock Control Manager – Fleurie

Colin joined Fleurie in September 2022 from the supermarket sector, where he gained 8 years of Management experience. At Fleurie Colin is responsible for ensuring that the correct quality stock goes on sale at the right time to maximise sales within the given selling window for each crop.

Jai PatelJai Patel

Jai Patel
Operations Manager – Fleurie

More info coming soon!

Mark CreightonMark Creighton

Mark Creighton
Technical Manager – Walberton

Mark joined Walberton Nursery in November 2020 with almost 30 years’ experience in varied sectors of horticulture and fresh produce, from ornamentals through to edibles and cut flowers. Mark is on the BASIS Professional Register and his main areas of responsibility are crop protection, training and site compliance. Mark is also a member of the newly formed HTA Ornamentals Technical Committee.

Simon GreenSimon Green

Simon Green
Production Operations Manager – Walberton

Simon joined Walberton in 2013 as a Trainee Manager, bringing with him 18 years of experience in local horticulture. Having started predominantly with the remit of organising and allocating work on a daily basis for up to 50 staff, Simon, in his capacity of Production Operations Manager is now also responsible for all potting operations, direct management of seven staff, and the growing of several crops.

Agata VernonAgata Vernon

Agata Vernon
Assistant Manager Operations – Binsted

Agata joined Binsted Nursery in March 2020, just before the first lockdown, and has been supporting the team during this difficult and challenging time by taking on various tasks within the business. She brought with her 10 years of management experience from a mixture of different backgrounds: warehouse, logistics and quality management. Agata’s main tasks are now to make sure all operations between the three Binsted sites run as smoothly as possible.

John PolmanJohn Polman

John Polman
Production & Grower Manager – Binsted

John re-joined Binsted Nursery in September 2016, bringing with him a wealth of experience in local horticulture. John’s role is to oversee the production and growing of all crops.

Gracie BarrettGracie Barrett

Gracie Barrett
Technical Manager (Trials & NPD) – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Gracie joined in April 2017 as Technical Manager (Trials & NPD). Gracie manages Walberton and Binsted’s plant trialling programmes, in a continual drive to bring new products to market. Gracie also offers technical support in the areas of plant health, plant nutrition, substrates and environmental monitoring. Gracie previously trained as a plant scientist, joining Tristram Plants from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), where she had been working on a jointly funded RHS-AHDB fellowship project.

Katy NelsonKaty Nelson

Katy Nelson
Office Manager – Walberton

More information coming soon!

Philip HarbordPhilip Harbord

Philip Harbord
Assistant Operations Manager – Walberton

More information coming soon.

Amy ZwinkelsAmy Zwinkels

Amy Zwinkels
Technical Manager – Binsted

Amy joined Binsted Nursery in 2020, bringing with her many years of technical and compliance experience. Amy works with the team of growers to improve plant health and is active in instigating the use of responsible and sustainable growing media. She is responsible for compliance at Binsted Nursery and a member of the Farplants Compliance Committee.

Agnieszka BednarskaAgnieszka Bednarska

Agnieszka Bednarska
Assistant Technical Manager – Walberton

Agnieszka joined Walberton Nursery in 2015 as a Laboratory Technician. She was involved in producing elite in vitro material in Walberton’s Micropropagation Laboratory. After the closure of the laboratory Agnieszka became an Assistant Technical Manager. Agnieszka is now responsible for production planning, sourcing plants and compliance.

Greg TomalskiGreg Tomalski

Greg Tomalski
Assistant Manager Despatch and Stock Control – Binsted

Greg joined Binsted Nursery in 2005 as an agency worker. Soon after that he moved into a Despatch Team Leader position. Over the years Greg has held a variety of roles in the business and in 2021 was promoted to Assistant Manager Despatch & Stock Control. He is responsible for ensuring all goods are delivered on time and to the correct quality, and for forecasting sales and demand to prevent overstocking and running out-of-stock.

Silvia TrombiniSilvia Trombini

Silvia Trombini
Office & Finance Manager – Binsted

Silvia joined the Binsted Nursery Management Team in April 2022 as Office & Finance Manager responsible for office management, HR, payroll and accounting. Silvia has a varied background working in several different countries, and brings with her a wealth of experiences from working at Bioenergie SPA in Italy as Assistant to the President, and working for three of the world’s “Big Five” accounting firms. Silvia also has a passion for gardening, plants and flowers.

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Mike TristramMike Tristram

Mike Tristram
Proprietor – Walberton, Binsted and Fleurie Nurseries; Chairman, Farplants Group Ltd

Mike joined his parents, who had founded the businesses, in 1989. Whilst developing the business he has also served on various trade bodies, and has complementary land-based business interests as Managing Trustee for Sompting Estate. Mike chairs the Tristram Plants Board meetings for Walberton, Binsted and Fleurie Nurseries and leads on overall strategy and finance. Mike also chairs Farplants Group Limited.

Marc JonesMarc Jones

Marc Joness
Managing Director – Walberton, Binsted & Fleurie Nurseries

Marc joined Walberton in 1997 as Assistant Manager (Despatch), tasked with making improvements and efficiencies in the department. Soon after, Marc became responsible for growing Hellebores and Citrus, and tasked himself with closely monitoring sales budgets. In time, managing potting operations became another part of Marc’s role, as did further crop growing responsibilities. Marc became General Manager of Walberton Nursery in 2012, and following a merger with Binsted Nursery in 2016, and the acquisition of Fleurie Nursery in 2017, became joint Managing Director of all three Tristram Plants nurseries. Marc is also also a Director of Farplants Group Ltd and Farplants Sales Ltd.

Martin EmmettMartin Emmett

Martin Emmett
Director of Business Development – Walberton, Binsted & Fleurie Nurseries

Martin joined the businesses in 1997, starting as the Technical Manager at Binsted Nursery. His main responsibilities are business development and strategic planning; he is also a Director of Farplants Group Ltd and Farplants Sales Ltd. Martin is widely known for representing both our businesses and the whole garden plant sector on bodies such as the NFU Board for Horticulture and the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group. Martin is current Chairman of the HTA Ornamentals Management Committee. Alongside his nursery responsibilities; Martin also runs a horticultural training consultancy and lectures at RBG Kew and RHS Wisley.

Steve CarterSteve Carter

Steve Carter
Director- Walberton, Binsted and Fleurie Nurseries

Stephen joined Fleurie Nursery as Technical Manager in 2004 and became a Director of Fleurie Nursery in 2007. He then took over the general management of Fleurie in 2015. He is also a Director of each of the Tristram Plants nurseries, Farplants Group Ltd and Farplants Sales Ltd. Stephen still plays an active role in the technical aspects of the Fleurie business, but also contributes to the Farplants Group through his wealth of knowledge and experience from other areas of the industry, including involvement in AHDB and DEFRA projects.

Mark CreightonMark Creighton

Mark Creighton
Technical Manager – Walberton

Mark joined Walberton Nursery in November 2020 with almost 30 years’ experience in varied sectors of horticulture and fresh produce, from ornamentals through to edibles and cut flowers. Mark is on the BASIS Professional Register and his main areas of responsibility are crop protection, training and site compliance. Mark is also a member of the newly formed HTA Ornamentals Technical Committee.

Simon GreenSimon Green

Simon Green
Production Operations Manager – Walberton

Simon joined Walberton in 2013 as a Trainee Manager, bringing with him 18 years of experience in local horticulture. Having started predominantly with the remit of organising and allocating work on a daily basis for up to 50 staff, Simon, in his capacity of Production Operations Manager is now also responsible for all potting operations, direct management of seven staff, and the growing of several crops.

Agata VernonAgata Vernon

Agata Vernon
Assistant Manager Operations – Binsted

Agata joined Binsted Nursery in March 2020, just before the first lockdown, and has been supporting the team during this difficult and challenging time by taking on various tasks within the business. She brought with her 10 years of management experience from a mixture of different backgrounds: warehouse, logistics and quality management. Agata’s main tasks are now to make sure all operations between the three Binsted sites run as smoothly as possible.

John PolmanJohn Polman

John Polman
Production & Grower Manager – Binsted

John re-joined Binsted Nursery in September 2016, bringing with him a wealth of experience in local horticulture. John’s role is to oversee the production and growing of all crops.

Gracie BarrettGracie Barrett

Gracie Barrett
Technical Manager (Trials & NPD) – Walberton & Binsted Nurseries

Gracie joined in April 2017 as Technical Manager (Trials & NPD). Gracie manages Walberton and Binsted’s plant trialling programmes, in a continual drive to bring new products to market. Gracie also offers technical support in the areas of plant health, plant nutrition, substrates and environmental monitoring. Gracie previously trained as a plant scientist, joining Tristram Plants from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), where she had been working on a jointly funded RHS-AHDB fellowship project.

Tracey BarnesTracey Barnes

Tracey Barnes
Assistant Operations Manager – Fleurie

Tracey joined Fleurie Nursery as a seasonal worker in March 1999 and was taken on full time in August that year. Since then Tracey has had a variety of roles within Fleurie covering despatch, production and site management. She was promoted to her current role of Assistant Operations Manager in 2011.

Moira ShepherdMoira Shepherd

Moira Shepherd
Logistics and Training Manager – Fleurie

Moira joined Fleurie Nursery as Operations Manager in 2007, having worked in similar roles in horticulture since 1995. Moira’s job role changed last year and she is now responsible for health and safety, training and maintenance across all sites, and sundry ordering for the Business.

Katy NelsonKaty Nelson

Katy Nelson
Office Manager – Walberton

More information coming soon!

Philip HarbordPhilip Harbord

Philip Harbord
Assistant Operations Manager – Walberton

More information coming soon.

Sara WalkerSara Walker

Sara Walker
Finance Manager – Fleurie

Sara joined the Fleurie Management Team in December 2007 as Finance Manager, covering all aspects of accounting and payroll for the business. Sara brought with her over 30 years of experience in finance, including life assurance investment funds and pensions.

Amy ZwinkelsAmy Zwinkels

Amy Zwinkels
Technical Manager – Binsted

Amy joined Binsted Nursery in 2020, bringing with her many years of technical and compliance experience. Amy works with the team of growers to improve plant health and is active in instigating the use of responsible and sustainable growing media. She is responsible for compliance at Binsted Nursery and a member of the Farplants Compliance Committee.

Jai PatelJai Patel

Jai Patel
Operations Manager – Fleurie

More info coming soon!

Agnieszka BednarskaAgnieszka Bednarska

Agnieszka Bednarska
Assistant Technical Manager – Walberton

Agnieszka joined Walberton Nursery in 2015 as a Laboratory Technician. She was involved in producing elite in vitro material in Walberton’s Micropropagation Laboratory. After the closure of the laboratory Agnieszka became an Assistant Technical Manager. Agnieszka is now responsible for production planning, sourcing plants and compliance.

David HideDavid Hide

David Hide
Technical Manager – Fleurie

David joined Fleurie as Technical Manager in March 2020. He brings a wealth of technical knowledge and growing experience to this role, having previously worked as an agronomist at Fargro for seven years and as an Assistant Technical Manager at Walberton Nursery for a similar period. Previously he worked at RHS Wisley running their propagation department. He is both a FACTS and BASIS examiner and for many years he was also an examiner for the RHS. In 2015 he completed his MHort.

Greg TomalskiGreg Tomalski

Greg Tomalski
Assistant Manager Despatch and Stock Control – Binsted

Greg joined Binsted Nursery in 2005 as an agency worker. Soon after that he moved into a Despatch Team Leader position. Over the years Greg has held a variety of roles in the business and in 2021 was promoted to Assistant Manager Despatch & Stock Control. He is responsible for ensuring all goods are delivered on time and to the correct quality, and for forecasting sales and demand to prevent overstocking and running out-of-stock.

Colin TaylorColin Taylor

Colin Taylor
Sales & Stock Control Manager – Fleurie

Colin joined Fleurie in September 2022 from the supermarket sector, where he gained 8 years of Management experience. At Fleurie Colin is responsible for ensuring that the correct quality stock goes on sale at the right time to maximise sales within the given selling window for each crop.

Silvia TrombiniSilvia Trombini

Silvia Trombini
Office & Finance Manager – Binsted

Silvia joined the Binsted Nursery Management Team in April 2022 as Office & Finance Manager responsible for office management, HR, payroll and accounting. Silvia has a varied background working in several different countries, and brings with her a wealth of experiences from working at Bioenergie SPA in Italy as Assistant to the President, and working for three of the world’s “Big Five” accounting firms. Silvia also has a passion for gardening, plants and flowers.