Left to right: Libby Rowland, Jason Daff, Charles Croft, Daniel Meuldyk, Lucille Gilpin & Matthew Boyns.
Charles Croft, Growing Manager, APS Group
“Being part of the LSA fellowship scheme has been a really privilege. I have attended multiple events that have been both interesting, thought provoking and useful in terms of taking ideas back to my place of work. Many of the events I would not have normally got the opportunity to attend and have benefited me hugely in terms of career development. I also feel the whole process has given me a much better understanding of the horticultural industry. All of the fellows are extremely knowledgeable and having the chance to discuss the similarities and differences between how our businesses operate has really opened my eyes to different ways of working and thinking. There is a huge range of diversity in terms of the different areas of the horticultural industry each fellow works and this has meant I have been able to learn a lot about areas of the industry I wouldn’t normally be exposed to. I would highly recommend the LSA fellowship scheme to any young person who is looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of the horticultural industry.”
Jason Daff, Horticulture Facilities Manager, University of York
“I have found being part of the fellowship scheme very useful, attending various meetings and conferences has been particularly useful for exposing me to a wider range of issues facing the horticulture industry. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect has been forging relationships with my fellowship colleagues; sharing our experiences and knowledge informally has helped me think about different ways to solve problems faced in my own work.”
Lucille Gilpin, Horticultural Grower, Ballytrone Nurseries
“My time spent with the LSA CT Fellowship Scheme has been vital in my progression within my personal and career development, with the conferences, contacts and general chat, I have gained much more confidence in myself allowing me to achieve fully in my current role. We have attended a wealth of conferences and meetings, the best so far was AHDB’s Smart Hort conference, where the whole group met. We all have different backgrounds within horticulture so it made conversations really interesting. The group of 6 is now my go-to group for all problems relating to horticulture!”
Daniel Meuldyk, Grower Manager, James Coles & Sons Nurseries Limited
Libby Rowland, Research and Development Officer, Vitacress Herbs.
“I have not been disappointed by my time on the LSA CT Fellowship Scheme. I’ve met some great people and learned so much from numerous different events we’ve been given the opportunity to attend; all in the first seven months of a two year programme. I would encourage any young person embarking on their horticultural career to apply and I’d encourage their employers to give them their full support along the way. By the end of the scheme, you’ll have a more confident, better informed and better connected colleague on your team.”
Matt Boyns, Procurement Manager, Bakkavor