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Installation of new LED lights

The future’s bright with a Leader Grant from the New Rural Development Programme for England

We are completing the installation of LED lights into our second propagation greenhouse, to enable us to expand the weaning of tissue culture plants throughout the winter, with a capacity of 200,000 plants under lights as any one time.

Apart from enabling us to increase the production of Agapanthus in particular, this has also allowed us to retain more members of the team on a year round basis ensuring we keep and develop our skills base.

The facility has been developed with Agapanthus production in mind but can be used for the weaning of a wide range of plants depending on the demands of the market.

The LED lights allow us to economically extend the growing day to 14 hours and improve the quality of the plants by providing the right spectrum and intensity of light.  Having previously used 2 Dutch lighting suppliers we are pleased to have given this project to Indo lighting a Southampton based company.

We are fortunate to have been awarded a LEADER grant from the Rural Development Programme for England to enable this project to proceed.  The application was approved by the New Forest Local Action Group (LAG) and the New Forest District Council is overseeing the work.

Project Reference and Name:  110587 Aline Fairweather Ltd-installation of LED propagation lighting.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:
Europe investing in rural areas

 

Seasonal Nursery Assistant

Fairweather’s Wholesale Nursery in Beaulieu requires a Seasonal Nursery Assistant

Fairweather’s Nursery produces young plants for wholesale growers, mail order companies and retailers.

We have vacancies for active, motivated, hands-on horticultural workers to join our busy nursery team in all areas of production and dispatch.

Flexibility to work alone or as part of a team are required. Nursery experience is not required but ideal candidate must be physically fit and active. Driving licence is required.

The seasonal job will run for approximately 28 weeks.

Please apply via email including your current cv to nick@fairweathers.co.uk

Celebrating 30 Years at the Four Oaks Show!

30 Years of Growing

Its 30 years since Fairweather’s Nursery first exhibited at Four Oaks.
Production in 1987 was focussed on shrub and conifer liners in 7cm pots which were packed into old tea crates for shipping to customers. Plants were delivered on flatbed lorries covered with tarpaulins.

Our biggest volume lines were difficult to root subjects like Mahonia, Garrya and Arbutus which were all rooted by us from cuttings taken from extensive stockbeds. All potting took place on Saturday mornings using school children and the cuttings were stuck on peace work.

In 1987 our 7cm Lavender Hidcote then was priced at 25p

Alongside pot liners the company also produced a range of containerised trees for Garden Centres

Sharon and Patrick look forward to seeing you at Four Oaks on September 5th and 6th with Fairweather’s extensive range of Agapanthus, Lavenders and other perennials and a smaller range of shrubs