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HR Officer wins Lantra Award

Bordon Hill Nurseries human resources officer Michelle Dale has won the first Lantra Women & Work Horticulture Learner of the Year Award. 

Michelle Lantra winner

 Michelle Dale has taken her NVQ level 5 in Personnel Strategy thanks to Lantra’s Women and Work funding.

The 36-year-old joined Bordon Hill Nurseries seven years ago as an administrative assistant, and is now responsible for the day-to-day running of its HR department.

Michelle said: “It means that my long-term ambition of becoming a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is within reach in fact I hope to gain my fellowship by the end of the year.”

With around 100 permanent staff and more than 90 seasonal contract workers Michelle says it needs someone who can think strategically about personnel issues as well as being on site to help staff with their day-to-day well-being.

“When Lantra agreed to provide a grant towards my training it enabled the company to support me by funding the rest. I feel extremely lucky because of the cost putting me through my NVQ Level Five was expensive.

“It really has enabled me to progress by allowing me to fit my studies in around work and my caring duties, outside of work, for my family, in particular for my father who has multiple sclerosis and is in a wheelchair.”

Michelle completed her NVQ months ahead of schedule and was shortlisted for the Lantra award.

“The investment in me will, I hope, pay off for the company. Through the CPD I am able to keep up with areas such as current best practice in employment law, health and safety and ideas to help other staff develop.”

Women and Work has helped other female employees at Bordon Hill Nurseries develop their careers and qualifications.

Malcolm Tanner, Women and Work skills coach at the nursery, said: “Women and Work has allowed us to achieve more in terms of training and has in fact motivated staff to come forward and ask for training and development.”


Bordon Hill Nurseries human resources officer Michelle Dale has won the first La






Michelle was one of seven women recognised at the event, which awarded all sectors of the environmental and land-based industries.


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