Potash Team

Roger Copeman – Company Director

Roger is mainly based at the nursery where he took over and developed the nursery business from his father Frederick Copeman. Although semi retired Roger plays a key role in assisting Simon and Warren manage and maintain both sites, Potash and Glebelands. Roger as well as being a horticultural expert, is a self-taught carpenter, plumber, builder, electrician and engineer! Where ever Roger is there’s never a problem that can’t be fixed. Find out more about Roger and the history of the site on our history pages.

Sue Copeman – Plant Education

Married to Roger Copeman, Sue also plays an important part in running the business. Sue a retired primary school teacher, is passionate about education and learning. On leaving her teaching career, she quickly embarked on a programme of further study, progressing from level one to Level 3 in Horticulture. She is a very keen member of the U3A and delivers a programme of gardening seminars throughout the year in our teaching and learning zone at the nursery.

Simon Copeman – Company Director

Simon is passionate about plants, focusing mainly on expanding and developing an extensive range of plant material to meet the demands of an ever changing gardening market. Having studied a HND and Degree in Horticulture at Writtle Agricultural College on leaving School, he is a specialist in his field. Starting his career at the nursery with Roger his father, they developed the nursery business from predominantly wholesale to retail. Simon works closely with Warren who looks after the day to day management of the garden centre.

Warren Cooper – Garden Centre Manager

Warren brother of Debbie Copeman, moved down from Derbyshire, after accepting the challenge to manage the Potash Site alongside Simon and Roger. Warren has full responsibility for maintaining all pet and garden centre supplies. He has played a significant role in building the product range and transforming the derelict site into what is developing into a thriving garden centre business. His key role is to ensure the smooth running of the site and respond to customer needs on a daily basis.

Debbie Copeman

Debbie, Simon’s wife has a dual role at the site. Primarily she helps manage the Potash Tea Room with her business partner Margaret Chappell. However, she also works part time as a Lecturer of Business and Tourism at Seevic College, where she has been employed for 17 years. Also a very keen and knowledgeable plants woman, Debbie has worked alongside Simon since they were married in 2000. For many years they have exhibited their plants at numerous garden shows around the UK, winning both Bronze and Silver awards at the NEC Gardeners Live Exhibition and Hampton Court Flower Show.
Our other team players: Adam Webb, Joseph Webb , Shirley Wortley, Martin Jack, Collin Oakley, Lynda Darley

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