Variety is the key to creativity and productivity, a notion our Nursery Manager Graham Cousins would certainly support. As an invaluable member of the Terraqua Environmental Solutions (TES) team, Graham says that no two days are the same – not least because of the vagaries of British weather.
Graham has a strong background in commercial floriculture and horticulture, having worked in Kenyan and Australian nurseries before joining TES in early January 2014. Since then, Graham has used his expertise to support the entire team.
Sharing a peek into the life of a TES Nursery Manager, Graham discusses what his typical day looks like:
As a company, we specialise in bank erosion, water landscaping, green infrastructure projects and habitat creation schemes for animals such as water voles. There is always lots going on!
We grow all of our own plants here at the nursery, including indigenous native marginal and aquatic plants, oxygenators and water lilies. I am responsible for all of the plant stock, their care and nursery maintenance. I am also on hand to advise our customers, offering technical insight into plants and planting.
My days vary greatly due to seasonal changes in the weather. Our busiest period definitely runs from spring through to autumn but there is always something going on, even mid-winter!
Some days are spent making sure that our nursery plants are growing well, whilst checking that we have enough for the various projects we are working on. Other days are spent giving advice to clients, for example I often share my expertise regarding where plants should go and how they should be cared for in specific environments.
Before I began working at TES I was the Director of UK Flora, who provided plants for many clients including Land & Water. When the company closed, I was offered a position with TES. I was initially hired to ensure the self-sufficiency of our coir log production, but this has since expanded to include a variety of plant species for our clients.
Working with plants has always been my passion and it is a very rewarding profession. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work in this industry. It’s satisfying seeing the plants grow, being incorporated into our clients’ projects.
Terraqua is also a great company to work for, we’re a close-knit community who share a commitment to the nursery, not to mention enthusiasm and professionalism. This is truly a testament to Lynn Puttock who heads up our team and whose direction makes us what we are.
Our team’s commitment to the projects we work on has continued to shine throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. We have managed to consistently work on site whilst adhering with all social distancing guidelines, something we’re all very proud of.
As restrictions ease we will continue to prioritise our team’s and clients’ health, safety and wellbeing – this is incredibly important to TES.