Meet The Team

Mark Hutching

Managing Director

Mark has an extensive knowledge and passion for growing ornamental trees and shrubs. A qualified horticulturalist Mark has been in the industry for over 15 years. In that time he has tried, tested and improved upon many common horticultural skills and practices.  His passion and excitement for trees has also been passed on to many of his colleagues and apprentices over the years. He has achieved considerable milestones whilst running the nursery along side his wife Helen. Mark has designed gardens and other landscape developments all over Canterbury. He is quite down to earth and able to translate all his experience into excellent customer service. Well worth the trip to Allwood Trees.


Helen Hutching

Helen our administration manager takes care of the majority of the paperwork. When the need arises Helen assists in all areas of the nursery.


Jeremy Kappely

Jeremy and Kristyna (husband and wife) are now managing Cafe Allwood, the exciting new addition to the Allwood experience.  Both Jerermy and Kristyna have considerable experience in hospitality and are receiving rave reviews from customers for their coffee and food.  They want to provide the best of food, coffee (and tea) in a relaxed and attractive environment.

With Jeremy having worked for Allwood Trees for a number of years he can also chat to people about trees.


Chris Long

A qualified arborist from the UK. Chris brings with him many new skills and expertise to the Allwood team. He has already become a valuable addition to the ranks. And is also assisting in the day to day running of the nursery, training new staff and already providing excellent customer service and extending his knowledge of trees and shrubs in New Zealand


Amy Nicol

Amy joined the Allwood team in December 2014 and is rapidly learning about growing ornamental trees.  She is also increasing her knowledge about all aspects of horticulture and assists in all areas of nursery work.


Sue Henderson
Sue has great knowledge and experience in gardening and in particular tree and shrub selection for particular areas of your garden.  Helping customers with their tree and shrub requirements is Sues main focus as well as making sure the nursery is looking good at all times.