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A taste of Spain lands on Trevena Cross soil

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…And we don’t just mean the lemons!… Though the citrus trees and their generous Spanish windfalls do form a small part of yesterday’s large arctic lorry delivery from Spanish climes!

Exotica, including a range of palms, olives, citrus, and other Mediterranean beauties, have always been signature staples on offer from Trevena Cross, historically known for its ‘exotic roots’, and yesterday the tradition was kept alive with a new delivery of nearly 200 root balled Trachycarpus palms, of various sizes, and a selection of other small Palms, Olives, Citrus, and Polygala.

All of the Trachcarpus are currently being potted up in the nursery, and will be brought down for sale as room permits and demand dictates. A wonderful collection, with big heavy root balls – they were a challenge to unload off the lorry, and took a lot of manpower, from both garden centre and nursery staff, but in the end are totally worth it. Real beauties!

We’ll let some snaps from yesterday do the talking as they capture both the team effort involved, and the wonderful plants/trees that landed on Trevena Cross terra firma…

Trachycarpus root ball Spanish delivery lorry Bare root Trachycarpus palms Unloading Spanish lorry Group of six lemons Unloading bare root Trachycarpus Trachycarpus unloaded onto pallet Lifting Trachycarpus palm onto pallet Unstrapping Trachycarpus palms on lorry Selection of palms, olives, citrus trees etc Small palms on pallet Small citrus trees on pallet Bare root Trachycarpus on lorry Pallet of Olives just off lorry Forklift unloading Unloading plants Spanish delivery of plants Forklift moving stock just unloaded Spanish stock of plants and lorry Lifting rootballed Trachycarpus palms onto pallet

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Making way for new shop extension

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In case you notice the change and are curious about what’s happening on your next visit… we thought we’d keep you up to date. Towards the end of last week the hedge alongside the shop was removed in preparation for a new shop extension to begin!

phase 1 shop extension

Plans to add a new bay onto the existing shop will give the shop team more room to create imaginative and attractive displays, particularly more impressive ‘seasonal displays’, like those we strive to create at Christmas.

The team have worked their magic in past Christmases but will have the potential to grow the display and create something truly spectacular with festive lights and decorations with the extra room!

Change and development (in keeping with Trevena Cross roots and what it stands for) are an important part of business growth, keeping up with the times, and making sure we continually improve our offering for our customers, aiming to constantly exceed their expectations.

With the very first phase now complete…watch for news of phase two starting soon!

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Trevena Cross bedding packs now ONLY £1.50 EACH

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ALL TREVENA CROSS BEDDING PACKS NOW ONLY £1.50 EACH (UNLESS MARKED LOWER). SAME EXCELLENT QUALITY PLANTS GROWN ON SITE, NOW AT A REDUCED – BARGAIN – PRICE. NECESSARY AT THIS TIME TO MAKE MORE SPACE FOR NEW STOCK AND DISPLAYS!

Every supermarket, convenience store, DIY chain and ‘discount’ shop seems to dabble in seasonal bedding plants these days… and you’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re all offering the same product, so why not just go for the cheapest offer or multi-buy?! Well quite right, you don’t want to be ripped off, value for money is crucial, but just make sure what you’re buying really is giving you that.

BEDDING PLANTS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME. We can’t explain exactly how the thousands of bedding packs come to be on trolleys in other shops in the area, but we can share a few facts about our own Trevena Cross bedding, which stands it apart from the competition.

Trailing Lobelia packs

The bedding plug varieties selected for our bedding packs are carefully cherry picked by Trevena Cross owner, and plant expert Graham, from specialist nurseries across the country, for incomparable quality and range. These plants are grown to display lasting colour and vigour throughout the season, and as such can be classed in a different league from bedding sold at other establishments, which is often grown from low grade seed abroad, and then shipped over in huge quantities for sale – climate shocked – en mass.

Bedding plant trolleys at Trevena Bedding trolleys

All Trevena Cross bedding plants are grown in highly recommended, premium Humax Multipurpose Compost to ensure superior, lasting growth, and are personally looked after and nurtured by the Trevena Cross nursery team until they become established enough to come down to the garden centre for sale. The range of bedding plants we are able to offer here far exceeds the ‘dabbling’ alternative shops have to settle for. Plants are our thing and we keep them the ‘stars’ of the show – not an insignificant sideline that only appears when the date is right or the sun starts shining!

Bedding tunnel in the nursery

Beyond this, the ‘plant people’ that we have here at Trevena are on hand to guide you/offer any assistance required regarding your bedding plant choices or potting up queries. Get the most from your spring and summer patio colour with advice from the experts!

Offering excellent value for money, all Trevena Cross bedding packs are priced at just £1.50 each.

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VACANCY AT TREVENA CROSS in the shop, Friday & Saturday (seasonal)

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Enthusiastic team player required to join a friendly and hardworking shop team here at Trevena Cross.

Part time position, working Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, through the busy 2017 spring/summer season initially, with potential for the position to become more regular at other/peak times throughout the year, e.g. Christmas.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Serving customers in an efficient, friendly manner
• First line telephone contact, speaking with customers/suppliers, channelling queries to appropriate colleagues
• Unpacking, organising and pricing stock
• Merchandising duties, creating attractive, innovative and inviting shop displays
• Stock control, product re-ordering, new product introduction etc as instructed by/discussed with Shop Manager
• Supporting the Shop Manager and the rest of the team with ad hoc duties as required

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR…
Ideally somebody with previous retail experience, across a mixed product range, who has excellent people/customer service skills. Must be good under pressure and a flexible worker, as well as possess good maths skills (for handling transactions/money).

A highly driven individual, keen to progress and make the role their own would be the best fit – keen to learn and grow with the business. The right person will become a valued member of the team on a long term basis and make an important contribution to the business.

Salary and other benefits to be discussed on application.

Full staff training will be provided to ensure that the candidate has full knowledge of the business and feels confident in the role.

To apply, please email your CV to mark@trevenacross.co.uk or drop it in/send it to: Trevena Cross Nurseries, Breage, Helston, TR13 9PY.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

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HALF PRICE SALE in the gift department

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Joining the sale bandwagon this January, we currently have a fantastic HALF PRICE SALE on many lines in our gift department! From bags to photo frames, skirts to children’s toys, we have a wide range of fantastic bargains waiting to be snapped up!

Sale includes:
All Zand skirts
All Shruti and Junction 18 products – which covers a wide range of bags and cases (different designs), scarves, home accessories (Shruti blankets NOT included in the sale).
A wide range of photo frames
Fair Trade Lanka Kade children’s wooden toys/puzzles
Suki children’s soft toys
Life charms
Di Palomo toiletries
Panier des sens en Provence toiletries

Half price Zand skirts Half price photo frames Half price Shruti bags Half price Shruti scarves

With a genuine requirement for space, so that we can introduce lots of wonderful new products to the department this 2017, we unfortunately must say goodbye to some of our existing lines. This discontinuing stock won’t hang about for long so come and snap up a bargain now!

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Creating Christmas Magic for Children & Charities in Cornwall

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Trevena Cross Nurseries near Helston made plenty of children smile in the run up to Christmas with its magical Santa’s Grotto, but it wasn’t just children that were smiling, as all proceeds raised from visits to Father Christmas, during the three BIG Christmas weekends at Trevena Cross, are being given to two wonderful local charities.

With big support from The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, Trevena Cross raised £3,320.00 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Leukaemia Trust.

Trevena Cross owner Graham Jeffery comments:

“We built on last year’s successful Christmas weekends to make this year’s even bigger and better. We built a brand new grotto from scratch, and the team worked really hard to make sure that it would be a truly magical experience for the whole family. We invested in real wow factor with our giant polar bear – a great photo opportunity – and our entertaining talking owl, Oggy! With extra touches, including plenty of snow, bubbles, chocolates and fabulous lights, we seemed to find the recipe for success!

It is really satisfying to know that we have helped lots of local families create wonderful memories in the build up to Christmas, but even more satisfying to be able to give two wonderfully worthy Cornish charities £1,660.00 a piece, thanks to the support of all our grotto visitors. It makes the many hours of hard work, beforehand and during the event, completely worthwhile.

A big thanks to The Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, without whom, it wouldn’t all have been possible.”

Three year old Ethan in grotto with Father Christmas

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Trevena Cross Christmas Opening Hours

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Trevena Cross Nurseries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. We will be open as usual on all other days over the Christmas and New Year period.

Trevena Cross Christmas Opening Hours 2016

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Christmas at Trevena Cross – Three BIG Weekends

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We’ve held off talking about it for as long as we can… but now Christmas is starting to be rolled out in the shop, it seems very fitting to make our upcoming Christmas celebrations official, by posting details of our “Three BIG Weekends” here!

When’s it happening?
After the overwhelming success of our two weekend event last year, we’re extending it to three weekends this year, the 3rd & 4th December, 10th & 11th December, and 17th & 18th December.

What’s happening?
Our undercover plant area next to the shop will be where most of the action will take place, in summary, housing:

*** A fantastic Christmas Market, which will run from 10am-4pm each day, composing a mix of around 50 quality local produce and craft stalls, (and everything Christmassy!) A number of repeat stallholders (from 2015) will be in attendance, but we’ll also be welcoming new faces to this year’s market. Every day will see a new line-up too, so the market won’t be replicated each time, but mixed and matched to keep things fresh!

*** A magical Santa’s Grotto, which will open from 11am each day and dazzle children and adults alike, as they meander their way through a Christmas tree forest, and approach the much anticipated ‘dark tunnel’ filled with plenty of magic!…It will also be the path to the big man in red and his festive grotto! A talking guest (“hoot hoot”) will greet visitors to the entrance – a superb, ‘show stopping’ addition to this year’s Christmas spectacular! A small fee to the grotto will apply, which will include a gift for all of Santa’s visitors. All grotto proceeds to go to a designated charity.

*** PLUS live festive music, Christmas shopping (the best gift shopping in West Cornwall, lights, decorations…the all important tree!) delicious food and drink inside the Garden Kitchen Cafe and outside amongst the hub of activity! AND plenty of extra entertainment for the younger crowd, including face painting, snow, a giant polar bear, a fun festive atmosphere… and so much more!

We’re currently making a huge investment in our overflow car park too, to ensure that we can handle the anticipated numbers through the gates come December…. and with free parking, free entry, good disabled access, it is one for the whole family to enjoy!

Simply pick your day and come on down. We can’t wait to see you! 🙂 

(TIP: Put it in your diary by ‘liking’ the events on our Facebook Page !)

Big polar bear sculpture 2015 Marshmallow pops on market stall 2015 Mixed market stall 2015 quiche on market stall market stall 2015 pink lemonade on market stall Christmas trees and lights Path through Christmas tree forest Santa sleigh and reindeer

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Vacancy for Motivated Merchandiser/Retail Assistant

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POST NOW FILLED, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR APPLICATIONS.

Enthusiastic team player required to join a friendly and hardworking shop team here at Trevena Cross Nurseries.

Full time position, working five days a week, 9am-5pm, to include one weekend day.
Full staff training will be provided to ensure that the candidate has full knowledge of the business and feels confident in the role.

Role Responsibilities

  • Serving customers in an efficient, friendly manner
  • Unpacking, organising and pricing stock
  • Merchandising duties, creating attractive, innovative and inviting shop displays
  • Stock control, product re-ordering, new product introduction, liaising with sales reps to secure the best deals for the business
  • First line telephone contact, speaking with customers/suppliers, channelling queries to appropriate colleagues
  • Supporting the Shop Manager and the rest of the team with ad hoc duties as required

Person Specification

  • Previous retail / merchandising experience required, preferably across a mixed product range
  • Excellent people/customer service skills
  • Good under pressure and flexible worker
  • Good maths skills (for handling transactions/money)
  • Highly driven, keen to progress and make the role their own
  • Keen to learn and grow with the business
  • Take own initiative and generate new ideas to help support business improvements/growth

Remuneration

  • Salary to be agreed on progression through the application process
  • Excellent staff discount
  • 28 days holiday a year
  • Pension option

The Business

Trevena Cross Nurseries is an independent; family owned and run nursery and garden centre of 40 years, spanning a 35+ acre site. It grows more than 90% of the plants that it sells on site, setting it apart from your average garden centre.

It stocks a comprehensive range of garden sundries, and houses one of the biggest gift departments in West Cornwall, offering a wide variety of quality kitchenware, homeware, personal gifts and young children’s toys. The Garden Kitchen Café (separately managed) is also on site, offering a full menu of breakfasts, main meals, snacks, desserts, cakes and beverages.

An exciting time to join and contribute to a business in a period of growth. Recent big investment in centre improvements and developments has been made to help ensure that the business continues to go from strength to strength, and is prepared to welcome the ever increasing footfall it’s been experiencing.

To apply, email your CV with cover letter to mark@trevenacross.co.uk or drop it in/send it to: Trevena Cross Nurseries, Breage, Helston, TR13 9PY by 31st October 2016.

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Recruiting Christmas ‘Parking’ Volunteers

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Fancy helping us out in December in exchange for a multi-use discount voucher for the garden centre (valid for 12 months)?

We’re seeking friendly, willing, hard working volunteers to help us create six magical days for visitors to the centre on our three BIG Christmas weekends!

On the 3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th December we’ll be hosting a big Christmas Market, Santa’s Grotto, Christmas displays, lights, Christmas tree forest, snow, musical entertainment… and the list goes on.

Primarily we need help in the car park… our overflow car park in particular, to ensure cars can move freely and safely in and out of parking spaces, and the car park entrance and exit. Parking attendants will be crucial for ensuring that the days run smoothly, and that everyone remains in good Christmas spirits! Help elsewhere may also be required over the six days but we don’t have further details at this stage.

The gratefully appreciated help of volunteers will be rewarded with a generous discount voucher which can be used at the centre for a 12 month period. Details to be confirmed, and level of discount likely dependent on hours/days of help provided.

Recruiting Christmas Volunteers

If you’d be interested in being a parking attendant volunteer please get in touch – either drop your contact details and preferred volunteering days into the shop on your next visit, give us a call on 01736 763880 or email us at sales@trevenacross.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you (and promise from now on, not to bombard you with too much ‘Christmas’ too early on!)

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