Simon Wells – Estate Manager, Herefordshire, UK
Simon manages a 2,000 acre mixed enterprise estate in Herefordshire, a county on the Wales border of the UK. Having joined the business in 1997, Simon has made several changes including exiting pig production, extensification of the beef and sheep enterprises and significantly investing in fruit production.
The business now majors in fruit (cherries and raspberries) growing with investment in packing facilities ( first optical cherry grader in the UK)- meaning it packs imported fruit as well as acting as a collaborative packhouse for other growers. The arable enterprise is embracing precision farming techniques with the aims of keeping close control of input costs.
Simon is particularly interested in new growing technologies and developing new young talent in his team.