When, aged 15, Chris Turner was given a school project to find a job, he decided to try his hand at growing roses.
He was given a trial before starting as an apprentice at Whartons Roses in Pulham St Mary.
This month, Chris, 55, from Harleston, celebrates 40 years of growing roses at the nursery, where he now works as a craft certificated grower, tractor and machinery operative.
“It’s not often these days that people stay at one place of work for more than 25 years,” said managing director Robert Wharton.
“At Wharton’s Roses, there are 11 staff who have achieved this and two with more than 40 years, including Chris.”