Working in tomato crops has changed over the last 30 years. With taller structures, climate control and hanging gutters the layout has been optimised to make it easier for labour. With all year round growing 70% of our staff are full time. We have seasonal work during the busier months. Many of our staff have been with us for a number of years and the key rolls include staff and crop managers, supervisors, crop workers and harvestors.
This has helped us to develop a family environment and really raise the standards with experience being the key to that.
With our industry being high-tec there are a number of opportunities and different paths staff can follow whether it is growing crops, managing energy or helping to run the football team!
We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic people who want to learn and develop their skill set.
If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visits are welcome from a range of groups. We have had grower group visits from abroad as far as Australia and China.
Whether a primary school class or a social group we enjoy the visits and the feedback from people who are amazed by what they have seen.
Over the years we have had a lot of media coverage across the sites looking at how tomatoes are grown in the UK. Topics range from the roll of bumble bees to the innovative and sustainable methods of growing to produce a british tomato. Some of the more recent visits have included Jimmy Doherty (Jimmy's Farm) in June 2020, Maddy Moate (CBeebies series - 'Do you know') in 2018 and Adam Henson (Countryfile) in 2015. We even had famous footballer Gary Lineker and father Barry visit in 2011! Our home page has links to some of these visits.
Please email email@example.com in the first instance to arrange a time and to explain what your aims and objectives are for the visit.
We run a successful football team called 'Side-shoots FC' which began in 2006.
The team, made up of staff (and friends!) across the sites, plays in a local five a side league and has regularly won the Premiership over the last 14 years - to the extent that we now need a new trophy cabinet!
Our proudest moment to date was winning the Growers United tournament in 2017. After having lost the final in 2015 to G's (Sandfields Farm) we managed to get our revenge and beat them in a close game 2-1 at Evesham United ground. We have also reached the semi-final on a couple of other occasions so are well known in the area for our footballing skills.
Alan Kennedy (ex-Liverpool and double European Cup winner) was our honorary captain for a charity game with Vicarage Nurseries in 2018.
We always welcome new people to the team and have lots of fun!