THE new nursery director of Maelor Forest Nurseries has said he is delighted to take up the post at a “dynamic time in the forestry industry”. 

Andrew Henry began in earnest last month and will oversee the day-to-day running of the Wrexham-based nursery, bringing with him many years of experience working in senior roles across the horticultural industry. 

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Most recently, this saw him serving as growing and fulfilment director at David Austin Roses.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining the Maelor team at such a dynamic time in the forestry industry. Maelor Forest Nurseries’ innovative genetics and breeding programme is industry leading.

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“This will allow Maelor, alongside new production techniques and formats, to supply home-grown, high-quality trees ideally suited for the environment they will be planted into, ultimately producing best quality timber.”

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Andrew’s appointment comes at a “most optimistic juncture” for the forestry industry, with the government’s target to plant 30,000 hectares of woodland in the UK by March 2025 following the implementation of the ambitions of the England Tree Action Plan by the Forestry Commission.

Harry Stevens, group forestry director, BSW Group, said: “Andrew will be an asset to Maelor Forest Nurseries, and it is a pleasure for me to welcome him on board. His expertise will enable us to provide our customers with even better products and services at what is a most exciting time for both ourselves and the forestry industry in general.”