At the start of Sept in 2019 Hadlow College and Provender Nurseries started working together involving students in growing stock in line with the college curriculum and for eventual sale at Provender Nurseries cash and carry in Kent. A win win situation for both parties. Smooth running…..or so we thought ….……and then in March came Covid-19 and lockdown; colleges shut, students sent home and business told to close their doors.
With the college now closed and students sent home we had to react quickly and co-ordinate managing plant stock here on site at the cash and carry and also at Hadlow College. Stuart, the Nursery Manager organised rotas for looking after the stock at Hadlow to cover the maintenance regime, weeding, feeding, checking on the watering system on a weekly basis and check how stock was growing.
He and his team have done a great job and all the stock has now been cleared from the college and is now on site at Provender Nurseries. We have extended a part of the nursery to accommodate the extra stock and although there were hiccups along the way we could not be more pleased with the quality of the resultant plants.
We will highlight some of the lines over the following days – keep an eye out on our news page and social media.