Harvesting delights of Nick’s autumn years

A retirement gift of memories of his working life was presented to Nick Sandall (left) by Richard Pett and David Piccaver (right). Photo (TIM WILSON): SG290612-128TW
A retirement gift of memories of his working life was presented to Nick Sandall (left) by Richard Pett and David Piccaver (right). Photo (TIM WILSON): SG290612-128TW

SOME of the exotic salad leaves that have become familiar on British supermarket shelves may have been as a result of the work of one man, Nick Sandall.

Nick (65), who has just retired from J E Piccaver and Co at Gedney Marsh, specialised in developing new crops for the farm in his role as trial development officer.

Director David Piccaver said: “He has been employed by us for about ten years and he was part of our development team but his specialism really was looking at variety trials and at our new crops. He’s been very instrumental in bringing new types of lettuce to market for the company, and some of them are quite exotic. Because Nick has a lot more experience of doing trial work he helped to take us to the point where we are doing trials more professionally.”

Development manager Richard Pett was involved in creating a very personal memento of Nick’s professional life, producing a booklet of photographs and quotations from people he had worked with throughout his career.

Nick, who lives in Spalding, plans to continue working part-time for the company while having more time for some of his favourite pursuits, such as travelling in Croatia where, according to David, he enjoys sampling the grape harvest.