Lesley Scoops Technician’s Award
Travelling back to her home city to pick up her technician’s award for outstanding interior plant maintenance, Lesley tells us about her journey and how her role has brought her full circle to her roots in horticulture.
Born and raised in Wembley, Lesley was born into a horticultural family business. Her Nan and Grandad owned Dudden Hill nursery where her Mum and 2 aunts also worked, so as a child, holidays and weekends were spent playing with siblings and cousins in the nursery. As she reminisces, Lesley tells of how her Grandad grew prize Dahlia’s which he exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show and made his own compost, travelling to The Horse of the Year show to collect manure for the process.
As a teenager Lesley shared with us that she also had a passion for table tennis and indeed played for England in the under 14’’s team and it was ultimately her love of sports which won out when she left school and took her to Watford College to study Sports Leisure and Management. Lesley’s first post was at Centre Parcs in Elveden Forrest where her role managing the sports activities still allowed her to be surrounded by nature.
Moving on to become a qualified swimming instructor and relocating to Scotland it wasn’t until a career break that Lesley found herself applying for the job as Interior Technician at GP Plantscape almost 2 and a half years ago. From there she has never looked back. Learning quickly about all the plants and their maintenance regimes, the quality of the plants on the sites Lesley maintains are testimony to her learned knowledge and experience. But it’s also the way that Lesley delivers the service that makes her such an asset to GP. Drawing on her years’ of customer facing roles she is attentive to customer needs and acts with a can do attitude.
When I asked Lesley what is was that she most enjoyed about her job she replied ‘Everything. I enjoy meeting all my customers face to face and building up relationships with them and I like to see the plants looking their best.” Talking about here experience at GP Plantscape she says “I have learned so much in such a short space of time. Now I know if there is a problem with a plant that I can identify what’s causing it and how to rectify it. It’s very rewarding.”
It had been some years since Lesley had been to London and at the award ceremony at the Barbican Jimmy (MD) asked her if she had been there before. Revealing another of her many talents she told us how as a base player with 5 drums she had played at the Barbican to either Princess Anne or Princess Margaret, as a member of her school band, a piece called ‘Can you see the Logic’ about a new invention – the Rubik’s cube. Let’s hope her experience of picking up her well-deserved Technician Award is just so memorable after as many years.
Lesley maintains the interior plant displays at ACCA and 110 Queen Street also awarded leaf awards at this year’s eFig ceremony.