In May 2002, Christopher and Carmen Ashton-Jones acquired the twelve year-old business of Sheen Developments and renamed it as Sheen Botanical Labels. At the same time, they moved the business from its base in East Sheen, near Richmond-upon-Thames to premises they had found in Haslemere, Surrey, very close to where they live.
The business supplies bespoke engraved labelling, its "Sheen" plant label systems and the Kew-developed tree fixings to a wide range of clients. These include Royal palaces, stately homes, botanical collections, public and private gardens and arboreta, landscape gardeners, commercial, industrial and residential estates, universities, colleges and schools, zoos, golf courses and even an open-air theatre in Cornwall. We are also now being asked to provide elegant labelling at a number of art and sculpture exhibitions.
Although both loving gardens and gardening, the business is a new career for Carmen, who was formerly a school teaching assistant and Christopher, who had spent thirty years in the City as a public relations consultant.
"The great thing about our business is that all our clients, be they professional or amateur gardeners, have a great passion for the gardens they are developing. In our little way, we hope that our labelling endorses and reflects the quality of the planting", says Christopher.
Three months after having acquired the business, we were honoured to hear that we had received the Royal Warrant from The Queen as "Manufacturer of Horticultural Labels".
The business has grown strongly over the past year and we now have over six hundred clients. There has been an interesting new demand for tree labelling at schools and for nature trails. We have also been asked to engrave labels in languages as varied as Swahili, Hawaiian, French and Welsh!
We have exhibited on a number of occasions including the Mimosalia in the South of France, at which we were the only non-French exhibitor, and at Chelsea in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006'.
'HM The Queen visiting our stand at the Chelsea Flower Show 2006'
The Long Barn,
Staffs ST15 8TQ
Tel. 01785 876388
(Also at Haslemere: 01428 644759)
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