Meet the team

Denise Buckland | Designer Sales Executive

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Denise joined Palmstead in 2008 after working for 25 years in sales and customer services in a television studio. She places great importance on knowing our customers and looking after their enquiries; a real customer champion.

A keen gardener and stalwart of her local Horticultural Club; sweet peas and Dahlias are her favourite plants. Denise enjoys visiting gardens when the duties of chief family organiser allow.

Mark Chapman | Maintenance & Innovation Manager

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With an engineering background and many years experience on the nursery; Mark leads the maintenance team in keeping the nursery equipment functioning and is at the forefront of all internal development. Recent developments include expansions of the pot grown tree areas and re-grading and draining of production beds. The latter development has been key in increasing our ability to capture a greater level of rainfall for recycling.

Robert Chapman | Joint Managing Director

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Bob got the bug for horticulture from his Grandfather's small holding. He trained in Commercial Horticulture at Hadlow College and worked at a tree nursery for 10 years before joining Palmstead in May 1983. Even after more than 30 years at Palmstead Bob has found that there is still much to learn. As chief of production Bob is rightly proud of what has been achieved at Palmstead over the years and enjoys growing quality plants to satisfy customer's needs.

When not on the nursery he is in his own garden or visiting other gardens; Wisley is a favourite as are some of the many gardens Bob has visited around the world. He is now encouraging his own grandchildren to see the beauty and wonder in plants.

Steve Chapman | Production Manager

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Steve took over the role of container and field production manager in January 2014 having worked his way up through the company. Having performed a number of key roles in the company, Steve has the experience and knowledge to guide Palmstead into a new era of production.

Steve has also previously run a garden maintenance business which, combined with his nursery experience, has given him a unique understanding of both commercial growing and customer expectation. 

Vanessa Chapman | Office & Accounts Manager

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Previously with a national catering chain, Vanessa joined Palmstead in 2000. Her great customer service skills are key to our success, being one of the first people to answer your call and guide you to the relevant individual. She enjoys helping customers over the phone and bringing their enquiries, or problems, to a satisfactory conclusion.

Vanessa has been in or around horticulture all her life. She enjoys working in her own garden as well as visiting others gardens with husband Bob. Her favourite time of year is spring but this is closely followed by summer, due mostly to the show that Agapanthus put on when in full flower. Vanessa enjoys the variety that working at Palmstead brings as well as the opportunity to work alongside her husband and two sons.

Nick Coslett | Marketing Manager

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Nick studied Landscape Architecture after leaving school and his plant flame was lit while at Pershore. After graduating from Pershore Nick then migrated into Parks Departments working in Liverpool, and Stevenage, gaining the ILAM Diploma and a DMS, before managing Canterbury.

20 years ago he moved into nursery sales, combining his love of people and plants  and has been with Palmstead for over 10 years. Nick was honoured by his industry peers with the Grower of the Year ‘Sales Professional of the Year 2012' for the UK nursery industry. He enjoys every day at Palmstead, "its always so varied and we have a great team here. I get a buzz in helping customers get the right plants." Nick's own garden is a test bed of favourites and no design set piece; his favourite garden is Great Dixter.

Peter Curtis | Procurement & Supply Chain Manager

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Peter joined Palmstead in 1980 straight after leaving school at 16 and has performed every job on the nursery. This University of Life training has equipped Peter to manage our operations department, making sure customer orders are picked and delivered accurately. Peter enjoys the people and teamwork and seeing the company progress from 3 acres to a major supplier.

His favourite garden is Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire, a bold example of the Perennial Movement. Football is another great passion which Peter shares with his family, though there are few Arsenal supporting colleagues to commiserate with.

Geoff de la Cour-Baker | Designer Sales Manager

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Geoff started at Palmstead just for a holiday job in 2001, got the plant bug and has stayed on ever since. After helping to form a successful Young Plant Department as its manager for a number of years, Geoff has now taken on a new challenge within the company in the role of C&C/e-Commerce Manager.

An active gardener at home testing out new and interesting plants; his favourite garden is Great Dixter. With a degree in Religion and Philosophy, he has also gained Management Diplomas, Psychology Diplomas and a Health and Safety Nebosh Certificate and is the Company's health & safety officer.

Mark Hutchinson | Joint Managing Director

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Inocculated with horticulture from an early age, his father was big in the world of geraniums. Whilst gaining a BSc in horticulture from Writtle College, Mark travelled and worked in Switzerland, US and UK before landing at Palmstead in 1993. Mark's IT skills have driven the improvements in our IT systems and our irrigation and climate control systems are down to his programming. Technology is an increasing important part of the company and Mark keeps our systems going, there is now one computer for every 2.5 staff. He also is in charge of finance.

Simon King | Commercial Sales Manager

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Since starting his career in horticulture as an apprentice to the Greater London Parks Department, Simon has gone on to work in a number of different areas of horticulture, picking up key skills and experience along the way. From parks and open spaces and grounds maintenance contracts to the supply of professional and retail horticultural products, Simon's vast and varied career within horticulture means he brings with him a unique understanding of both the customer and the industry itself.

John Langman | Chairman

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Marta Michalak | Designer Sales Supervisor

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Marta joined the company in Oct 2014, leaving a position as a C&C Supervisor near Manchester to join our trade outlet, Palmstead Plants. With a degree in horticulture, garden design experience and a passion for plants, Marta has already brought a lot to the team and we hope she remains with us for many years to come.