THE WORLD’S LEADING MISCANTHUS SPECIALIST

 

TERRAVESTA IS REPLACING THE GLOBAL DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS WITH MISCANTHUS – A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION TO OUR PLANET’S ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS

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WHY MISCANTHUS?

Carbon dioxide levels are at their highest for 650,000 years, sea levels are rising, polar ice is melting, and global temperatures are at a record high.

Terravesta is on a mission to manage the world’s natural resources responsibly, helping to replace the dependence on fossil fuels with a sustainable plant-based alternative – Miscanthus.

Miscanthus is a key player in the climate change revolution.

Start exploring to find out how…

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2019 Discount Miscanthus Planting
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TERRAVESTA EVENTS

Wiltshire Farm Walk
10th Oct 2018, SN4 7QB

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Miscanthus farm walk, co-hosted by local chartered surveyors, Woolley & Wallis.

The walk is held by kind permission of Miscanthus grower, Steve Visscher, to demonstrate how he has diversified his smallholding.

Steve's background is steeped in science, and he has been involved with some of the Miscanthus seed trials. He has kindly agreed to talk to guests about the research and development going into the crop.
Format
Coffee and registration, followed by a presentation from Steve, a presentation from Terravesta, a tour of the farm and a light lunch, finishing around 14:00.

Northamptonshire Farm Walk
16th Oct 2018, NN17 3DY

Information
Miscanthus Open Day!

Come along to see how 100 acres of Miscanthus is maximising profits on a farm in Northamptonshire. With, Miscanthus, a farm shop and livery, the farms owners are diversifying to minimise risk and maximise profitability.

This day is fantastic for those wanting to find out more about how Miscanthus can fit into your cropping rotation.
Format
The gates open at 09:30 with tours of the farm running all day. Terravesta's field team will be on hand to answer questions and a bar and hog roast will be on hand for all guests to enjoy.
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MEET THE TEAM

William Cracroft-Eley CHAIRMAN
George Robinson MANAGING DIRECTOR
Hamish Bichan OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Alex Robinson OPERATIONS MANAGER
Debbie Bringloe OPERATIONS & LOGOSTICS OFFICER
David Pattison COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Dr Michael Squance HEAD OF IT DEVELOPMENT
Sam Buckby R&D MANAGER
Alison Fisher OPERATIONS AND GROWER SUPPORT
Tracy Devlin-Gray ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT
Nicola Wozniak GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Jacob Duce SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER
Andrzej Matyjewski MANAGER OF POLAND & EASTERN EUROPE
Mike Cooper SOUTHERN REGION
Mikolaj Glodek FIELD ASSISTANT
Sophie Wilesmith COMMUNICATIONS
Rafal Plaszewski FIELD ASSISTANT
Pepper, Bessie, Orla & Dill OFFICE PETS
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William Cracroft-Eley

CHAIRMAN

Since planting Miscanthus at home in 2006 and realising it's excellent potential as a stable farm enterprise on difficult land, William has made it his mission to bring order and transparency to Miscanthus supply.

William established Terravesta Ltd in 2012 to deliver a secure and reliable national contract-based supply chain and develop the market for Miscanthus as the UK's no.1 energy crop.

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William Cracroft-Eley

CHAIRMAN

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Since planting Miscanthus at home in 2006 and realising it's excellent potential as a stable farm enterprise on difficult land, William has made it his mission to bring order and transparency to Miscanthus supply.

William established Terravesta Ltd in 2012 to deliver a secure and reliable national contract-based supply chain and develop the market for Miscanthus as the UK's no.1 energy crop.

To speak to William click here
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George Robinson

MANAGING DIRECTOR

With an enduring interest in the environment and sustainability, George brings extensive marketing and management expertise to Terravesta. He has over 20 years experience in owning and running major food and drink retail and manufacturing operations and has seamlessly transferred these skills to the agricultural sector. George has a natural pioneering spirit, an unflinching tenacity and a strong belief in his cause, and these qualities have been a major driving force in the continued success of Terravesta.

To speak to George click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dambusters Ale
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
I’m still alive!
HIDDEN TALENT
Harmonica

George Robinson

MANAGING DIRECTOR

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With an enduring interest in the environment and sustainability, George brings extensive marketing and management expertise to Terravesta. He has over 20 years experience in owning and running major food and drink retail and manufacturing operations and has seamlessly transferred these skills to the agricultural sector. George has a natural pioneering spirit, an unflinching tenacity and a strong belief in his cause, and these qualities have been a major driving force in the continued success of Terravesta.

To speak to George click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dambusters Ale
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
I’m still alive!
HIDDEN TALENT
Harmonica
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Hamish Bichan

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Hamish Bichan has enjoyed consultancy, advisory and executive management roles in agriculture for over 25 years. He is an active member of the Terravesta management team, assisting with strategy implementation, budget forecasting and reporting and helping to maintain an effective supply chain, from farmers right through to end users.

To speak to Hamish click here

Hamish Bichan

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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Hamish Bichan has enjoyed consultancy, advisory and executive management roles in agriculture for over 25 years. He is an active member of the Terravesta management team, assisting with strategy implementation, budget forecasting and reporting and helping to maintain an effective supply chain, from farmers right through to end users.

To speak to Hamish click here
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Alex Robinson

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Alex plays a vital role in managing day-to-day operations. His strong relationships with growers help him strive to deliver a consistent, reliable service and his commitment to Miscanthus market development has been pivotal to the company's growth. Having been with Terravesta since its inception, he's helped to establish a clear presence in the agricultural community, ensuring Terravesta and miscanthus remain at the forefront of the UK energy crops market.

To speak to Alex click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Home made pasta
GUILTY PLEASURE
Gardeners' Question Time
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Never assume anything

Alex Robinson

OPERATIONS MANAGER

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Alex plays a vital role in managing day-to-day operations. His strong relationships with growers help him strive to deliver a consistent, reliable service and his commitment to Miscanthus market development has been pivotal to the company's growth. Having been with Terravesta since its inception, he's helped to establish a clear presence in the agricultural community, ensuring Terravesta and miscanthus remain at the forefront of the UK energy crops market.

To speak to Alex click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Home made pasta
GUILTY PLEASURE
Gardeners' Question Time
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Never assume anything
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Debbie Bringloe

OPERATIONS & LOGOSTICS OFFICER

Debbie manages the vital link between our growers, hauliers and end markets. She's pivotal in ensuring that the collection and delivery of bales from farm into energy plants and processing facilities runs smoothly and is all accounted for. Debbie also manages the growers and haulier's invoices and payments.

To speak to Debbie click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Jack Daniels and diet coke (with ice please)
HIDDEN TALENT
I can touch my nose with my tongue
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Treat people as you wish to be treated yourself

Debbie Bringloe

OPERATIONS & LOGOSTICS OFFICER

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Debbie manages the vital link between our growers, hauliers and end markets. She's pivotal in ensuring that the collection and delivery of bales from farm into energy plants and processing facilities runs smoothly and is all accounted for. Debbie also manages the growers and haulier's invoices and payments.

To speak to Debbie click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Jack Daniels and diet coke (with ice please)
HIDDEN TALENT
I can touch my nose with my tongue
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Treat people as you wish to be treated yourself
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David Pattison

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

David looks after our Miscanthus domestic fuel range and has big ideas about it becoming a household name with a national presence. His background is rooted in farming and marketing and he has an HND in both agricultural engineering and business and marketing. Previous jobs have included marketing in horticulture, packaging brand management for major retailers, engineering sales account management and new product development…the perfect practical and creative mix for developing a unique identity for our Miscanthus BBQ Briquettes, Fire Logs and Firestarters.

To speak to David click here
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Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
A Toblerone all to myself
SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
I'm a qualified lifeguard
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Evil prevails when good people do nothing

David Pattison

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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David looks after our Miscanthus domestic fuel range and has big ideas about it becoming a household name with a national presence. His background is rooted in farming and marketing and he has an HND in both agricultural engineering and business and marketing. Previous jobs have included marketing in horticulture, packaging brand management for major retailers, engineering sales account management and new product development…the perfect practical and creative mix for developing a unique identity for our Miscanthus BBQ Briquettes, Fire Logs and Firestarters.

To speak to David click here

Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
A Toblerone all to myself
SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME
I'm a qualified lifeguard
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Evil prevails when good people do nothing
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Dr Michael Squance

HEAD OF IT DEVELOPMENT

Affectionately known to the Terravesta team as ‘Squancey’, Michael is an IT genius who overcomes any technical challenge we throw at him. He has a vital role in overseeing our internal management systems, our newsletter, the website and our data. He’s also heavily involved with our plant breeding research and records real harvest and crop handling information. Michael not only brings IT expertise, but has an in-depth understanding of Miscanthus, having formerly worked on the 'GIANT LINK' seed breeding project we are ran with Aberystwyth University.

To speak to Michael click here
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Fun Facts

I’M AFRAID OF
The internet going down at Terravesta
HIDDEN TALENT
Playing the keyboard and cornet
GUILTY PLEASURE
Table top gaming

Dr Michael Squance

HEAD OF IT DEVELOPMENT

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Affectionately known to the Terravesta team as ‘Squancey’, Michael is an IT genius who overcomes any technical challenge we throw at him. He has a vital role in overseeing our internal management systems, our newsletter, the website and our data. He’s also heavily involved with our plant breeding research and records real harvest and crop handling information. Michael not only brings IT expertise, but has an in-depth understanding of Miscanthus, having formerly worked on the 'GIANT LINK' seed breeding project we are ran with Aberystwyth University.

To speak to Michael click here

Fun Facts

I’M AFRAID OF
The internet going down at Terravesta
HIDDEN TALENT
Playing the keyboard and cornet
GUILTY PLEASURE
Table top gaming
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Sam Buckby

R&D MANAGER

Sam's role is crucial to the future development of miscanthus crops. Sam co-ordinates the large-scale Miscanthus field trials with existing varieties and new hybrids to assess complex plant traits and various environmental interactions between different sites. His practical knowledge is invaluable in examining annual crop performance, but also in future miscanthus breeding development.

To speak to Sam click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Ribena
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
My masters degree
GUILTY PLEASURE
Taylor Swift

Sam Buckby

R&D MANAGER

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Sam's role is crucial to the future development of miscanthus crops. Sam co-ordinates the large-scale Miscanthus field trials with existing varieties and new hybrids to assess complex plant traits and various environmental interactions between different sites. His practical knowledge is invaluable in examining annual crop performance, but also in future miscanthus breeding development.

To speak to Sam click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Ribena
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT
My masters degree
GUILTY PLEASURE
Taylor Swift
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Alison Fisher

OPERATIONS AND GROWER SUPPORT

Alison has now been managing and supporting Terravesta growers for 2 years, handling virtually all the contracts we produce and liaising daily with our processing plants. She is the first port of call for any grower or collection enquiry and is a vital cog within the operations team.

To speak to Alison click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dry white wine (can I have one now please?)
GUILTY PLEASURE
McDonalds
SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
I used to play the bagpipes when I was a teenager (wouldn’t have enough puff to play them now)

Alison Fisher

OPERATIONS AND GROWER SUPPORT

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Alison has now been managing and supporting Terravesta growers for 2 years, handling virtually all the contracts we produce and liaising daily with our processing plants. She is the first port of call for any grower or collection enquiry and is a vital cog within the operations team.

To speak to Alison click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
Dry white wine (can I have one now please?)
GUILTY PLEASURE
McDonalds
SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
I used to play the bagpipes when I was a teenager (wouldn’t have enough puff to play them now)
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Tracy Devlin-Gray

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Tracy manages the day-to-day invoicing and grower payments and ensures reconciliations are carried out accurately and on time. She provides invaluable support to the department.

To speak to Tracy click here
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Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Cheese with salt and vinegar crisps
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Try to do something new everyday
I'M AFRAID OF
Team building days involving sailing

Tracy Devlin-Gray

ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

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Tracy manages the day-to-day invoicing and grower payments and ensures reconciliations are carried out accurately and on time. She provides invaluable support to the department.

To speak to Tracy click here

Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Cheese with salt and vinegar crisps
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Try to do something new everyday
I'M AFRAID OF
Team building days involving sailing
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Nicola Wozniak

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Nicola is a creative force at Terravesta, managing our brand, the website design, and the 'user' side of our complex new software, which organises extensive Miscanthus research data. She's highly experienced in design and is full of practical, inspired ideas. Nicola has a degree in product design from Lincoln University, and previous practical experience in web design.

To speak to Nicola click here
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Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Sweets
FAVOURITE DRINK
Cider
FAVOURITE BOOK
Anything by Martina Cole

Nicola Wozniak

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Nicola is a creative force at Terravesta, managing our brand, the website design, and the 'user' side of our complex new software, which organises extensive Miscanthus research data. She's highly experienced in design and is full of practical, inspired ideas. Nicola has a degree in product design from Lincoln University, and previous practical experience in web design.

To speak to Nicola click here

Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Sweets
FAVOURITE DRINK
Cider
FAVOURITE BOOK
Anything by Martina Cole
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Jacob Duce

SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER

Jacob is our Miscanthus planting man. A key part of Jacob's role is driving new market opportunities to support Terravesta's continued growth in the UK. He works closely with our farmers and has a firm understanding of growing and harvesting the crop. He is the go-to contact for farmers and supports them throughout the Miscanthus growth cycle. Jacob is often to be found out in the field 'on the ground' or presenting about Miscanthus to farmers at our events.

To speak to Jacob click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Pizza
SOMETHING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
I like the occasional salad
MOTTO I LIVE BY
You only live once

Jacob Duce

SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER

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Jacob is our Miscanthus planting man. A key part of Jacob's role is driving new market opportunities to support Terravesta's continued growth in the UK. He works closely with our farmers and has a firm understanding of growing and harvesting the crop. He is the go-to contact for farmers and supports them throughout the Miscanthus growth cycle. Jacob is often to be found out in the field 'on the ground' or presenting about Miscanthus to farmers at our events.

To speak to Jacob click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Pizza
SOMETHING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
I like the occasional salad
MOTTO I LIVE BY
You only live once
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Andrzej Matyjewski

MANAGER OF POLAND & EASTERN EUROPE

Andrzej has worked in the agricultural biofuels sector for over ten years and has a strong background in biotechnical engineering. Based in Poland but frequently in the UK, his role is to deliver high quality, sustainable and completely traceable feedstocks and maintain a robust miscanthus supply chain between Eastern Europe and the UK.

To speak to Andrzej click here
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Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Don’t feel guilty about pleasures!
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Use common sense!
I'M AFRAID OF
Stupidity

Andrzej Matyjewski

MANAGER OF POLAND & EASTERN EUROPE

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Andrzej has worked in the agricultural biofuels sector for over ten years and has a strong background in biotechnical engineering. Based in Poland but frequently in the UK, his role is to deliver high quality, sustainable and completely traceable feedstocks and maintain a robust miscanthus supply chain between Eastern Europe and the UK.

To speak to Andrzej click here

Fun Facts

GUILTY PLEASURE
Don’t feel guilty about pleasures!
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Use common sense!
I'M AFRAID OF
Stupidity
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Mike Cooper

SOUTHERN REGION

Mike has some 15 years of working with the crop across Europe, most recently working with growers on behalf of Terravesta in the south of the UK. Together with running a Miscanthus propagation co-operative business for a group of growers, he is well known throughout the industry for his wealth of experience in energy cropping, bringing important support to the growers in the south of the country.

To speak to Mike click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
‘Miscanthus’ Bolognese (not allowed to eat pasta)
HIDDEN TALENT
Ability to drink a lot of red wine and eat masses of Bolognese
MOTO I LIVE BY
I live every day as if it’s my last, one day I’ll be right

Mike Cooper

SOUTHERN REGION

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Mike has some 15 years of working with the crop across Europe, most recently working with growers on behalf of Terravesta in the south of the UK. Together with running a Miscanthus propagation co-operative business for a group of growers, he is well known throughout the industry for his wealth of experience in energy cropping, bringing important support to the growers in the south of the country.

To speak to Mike click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
‘Miscanthus’ Bolognese (not allowed to eat pasta)
HIDDEN TALENT
Ability to drink a lot of red wine and eat masses of Bolognese
MOTO I LIVE BY
I live every day as if it’s my last, one day I’ll be right
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Mikolaj Glodek

FIELD ASSISTANT

Mikolaj is a super hard worker, and come rain or shine, he gets the job done to a high standard. He's helping to pave the way to upscale Miscanthus planting significantly, by planting harvesting and testing new Miscanthus hybrids in the UK and Europe. He came to us from an agency and was so good we took him on full-time. He's plays a pivotal role in our Miscanthus scientific research team.

To speak to the Terravesta science and technology department click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Spaghetti
FAVOURITE DRINK
Apple juice
FAVOURITE MUSIC
Polish disco

Mikolaj Glodek

FIELD ASSISTANT

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Mikolaj is a super hard worker, and come rain or shine, he gets the job done to a high standard. He's helping to pave the way to upscale Miscanthus planting significantly, by planting harvesting and testing new Miscanthus hybrids in the UK and Europe. He came to us from an agency and was so good we took him on full-time. He's plays a pivotal role in our Miscanthus scientific research team.

To speak to the Terravesta science and technology department click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Spaghetti
FAVOURITE DRINK
Apple juice
FAVOURITE MUSIC
Polish disco
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Sophie Wilesmith

COMMUNICATIONS

Sophie is mad about writing, the environment and agriculture, which is the perfect mix for her role as ‘the voice of Terravesta’. Her background is in agricultural marketing and PR and before joining our team she worked for a leading agricultural PR agency. Sophie writes our newsletters, our news features in the press, our marketing literature and manages the social media, in fact she pretty much has a handle on most of the stuff we put out to the world!

To speak to Sophie click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
G&T with lemon and lime
HIDDEN TALENT
I bake a good loaf
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving

Sophie Wilesmith

COMMUNICATIONS

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Sophie is mad about writing, the environment and agriculture, which is the perfect mix for her role as ‘the voice of Terravesta’. Her background is in agricultural marketing and PR and before joining our team she worked for a leading agricultural PR agency. Sophie writes our newsletters, our news features in the press, our marketing literature and manages the social media, in fact she pretty much has a handle on most of the stuff we put out to the world!

To speak to Sophie click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE DRINK
G&T with lemon and lime
HIDDEN TALENT
I bake a good loaf
MOTTO I LIVE BY
Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving
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Rafal Plaszewski

FIELD ASSISTANT

Rafal Plaszewski has a great affiliation with plants. His attention to detail is vital for the advance of new seed-based Miscanthus hybrids in our ongoing research programme. We're currently trialling new hybrids on different field sites in the UK and Europe, and his practical nous on the ground means the trials we manage and the data we collect is accurate.

To speak to the Terravesta science and technology department click here
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Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Salad and chips
FAVOURITE DRINK
Beer
FAVOURITE MUSIC
Dance music

Rafal Plaszewski

FIELD ASSISTANT

Tap for more details
Rafal Plaszewski has a great affiliation with plants. His attention to detail is vital for the advance of new seed-based Miscanthus hybrids in our ongoing research programme. We're currently trialling new hybrids on different field sites in the UK and Europe, and his practical nous on the ground means the trials we manage and the data we collect is accurate.

To speak to the Terravesta science and technology department click here

Fun Facts

FAVOURITE FOOD
Salad and chips
FAVOURITE DRINK
Beer
FAVOURITE MUSIC
Dance music
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Pepper, Bessie, Orla & Dill

OFFICE PETS

We love pets and have regular visits from our canine and feline favourites. Pepper is an easy going Parson Russell Terrier and a wise old girl with the right idea about how to spend her day. She mostly chills out with the girls in the accounts office, where she reclines in peace with the occasional bit of fuss (and ham). Dill the golden Cocker is less wise, thanklessly bounding around to find food, or looking for Orla, her apprentice. Orla, the Terrier pup is the youngest and she and Dill are as thick as thieves. Bessie used to be more of an office regular before Orla and Dill arrived, now seldom seen, she can be found hunting in the long grass.
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Fun Facts

PEPPER
Parsons Russell Terrier, 12 years old, leader of the pack
DILL
Cocker Spaniel, 1 year old, the underdog
ORLA
Mix of Jack & Yorkie Terrier with Lakeland & Parsons Russell thrown in, 4 months old, Dill's understudy
BESSIE
Semi feral cat, 12 years old, not a team player

Pepper, Bessie, Orla & Dill

OFFICE PETS

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We love pets and have regular visits from our canine and feline favourites. Pepper is an easy going Parson Russell Terrier and a wise old girl with the right idea about how to spend her day. She mostly chills out with the girls in the accounts office, where she reclines in peace with the occasional bit of fuss (and ham). Dill the golden Cocker is less wise, thanklessly bounding around to find food, or looking for Orla, her apprentice. Orla, the Terrier pup is the youngest and she and Dill are as thick as thieves. Bessie used to be more of an office regular before Orla and Dill arrived, now seldom seen, she can be found hunting in the long grass.

Fun Facts

PEPPER
Parsons Russell Terrier, 12 years old, leader of the pack
DILL
Cocker Spaniel, 1 year old, the underdog
ORLA
Mix of Jack & Yorkie Terrier with Lakeland & Parsons Russell thrown in, 4 months old, Dill's understudy
BESSIE
Semi feral cat, 12 years old, not a team player
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