Nick Coslett, industry renowned plantsman with an illustrious career working as marketing manager for Palmstead Nurseries and previous BALI South Thames chairman, is retiring at the end of September.
Pro Landscaper speaks to the people within the landscaping community who worked closely with Nick over the years to hear their thoughts on his career, what he means to the industry and some personal stories.
Rae Wilkinson, owner, Rae Wilkinson Design Limited
Nick has always been a fantastic front man for Palmstead – he is a natural networker and a warm and friendly man who is passionate about the industry. His passion motivated him to set up the Palmstead workshops, a valuable and most enjoyable industry event attended by many, where plenty of knowledge is shared and gained every year. Nick has dealt with my plant sourcing over the years with attention and diligence. He has always gone the extra mile and checked that everything is as it should be on my orders. We have been on panels together, raised glasses together and I have always thoroughly enjoyed catching up with him. He will be sadly missed by many and I suspect his shoes will be rather hard to fill!
Ann-Marie Powell, principal, Ann-Marie Powell Gardens
I have had the privilege of knowing Nick for many years, well over a decade now and I will very much miss this true gentleman of our industry in my day to day life. Passionate, knowledgeable and committed to horticulture, Nick has always been a joy to work with and such fun to socialise with at events! I know he’ll keep in touch with the industry – he just won’t be able to help himself, but it really is about time he spent time with his ‘other’ family and I wish him a very happy retirement.
David Dodd, managing director, The Outdoor Room
For as long as I can remember, Nick Coslett has been one of the most proactive people supporting the horticultural and landscaping industry. His professionalism and attentiveness to his work has always been fantastic. I’ve always thought of him as a very kind, gentle friend who’s always there for good advice and support. He’s also great fun to go wine buying with in Burgundy!
British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)
If we were asked to define Nick Coslett in so many words, it would be a truly inspirational, charismatic and supportive character for so many people working in the landscape industry. Trained as a Landscape Architect and spending much of his illustrious career in nursery sales, Nick has been a true advocate of BALI, its members and its values; to support, promote and inspire. Three key areas which BALI still adheres to this very day. Nick has shown all these characteristics and more in his 50-year career.
A true champion of BALI, horticulture and landscape architecture, Nick has also personally helped promote BALI’s GoLandscape initiative, for which we are incredibly grateful. We are pleased to say that although Nick is retiring from his role at Palmstead Nurseries, one of BALI’s longer standing members, he is continuing on in his role as a BALI Chalk Fund Trustee and returning for a second time as one of the associations esteemed Awards Judges. We could think of no better candidate to help us assess future Awards schemes for many years to come.
Lisa & Jim Wilkinson, directors, Eljays44
Nick Coslett was one of the first nursery contacts we made when we came into the industry nearly 8 years ago. He welcomed us warmly, freely imparting his knowledge and views and he also encouraged Palmstead to support Pro Landscaper and FutureScape at an early stage. We will miss seeing Nick’s friendly face at meetings and events. We know he loves to travel and will make the very best of what the future holds for him and his wife, we wish him a very long and very happy retirement.