New field manager for Scillies flower service

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After close to a quarter of a century of success, the Isles of Scilly’s postal flower delivery service Scent from the Islands is to have a new field manager.

Ian Metcalf, who moved to St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly, eight years ago when his dad and step-mum took over the local pub, will take on the post after Easter. Until then he will learn the ropes from current field manager Keith Lowe who has been integral to the successful growth of the business.

Metcalf, 27, has already proved his horticultural credentials by keeping the island’s population in salad and other seasonal vegetables for the past three years. He has built his own fresh produce business by renting and borrowing pieces of land and greenhouse space around St Martin’s.

Although his family moved from the island a few years ago, Metcalf loved the place too much to leave. He now lives, with his partner Rosie, next door to his mentor, Lowe.

Paying tribute to Lowe’s efforts, part owner and founder of the family business, Zoe Julian, said: “Although Keith is stepping down as field manager I am sure he will still be around between fishing trips to lend a hand and offer advice. He’s a huge part of the Churchtown team, but being able to employ a young, enthusiastic and talented man like Ian is a real plus for Scent from the Islands.”