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Moving the ‘mushroom man’
We’ve received many quotes at Gosselin throughout the years, but the request to move over 12.000 mushroom samples was a new one. Dr. Henry Beker not only needed his herbarium moved from Brussels to the UK, but also his book collection (over 3000 books) on mycology (the study of mushrooms), together with some antique furniture. This more than 86 cubic meters move got a real Gosselin door to door VIP service.
The herbarium consisted of two large chests of drawers containing mushroom samples, all labeled with their Latin names. “The challenge was that everything had to stay in the exact right order”, Sales Executive, Steven Molloy, explains. “A specialist carpenter came to dismantle the cabinets with 84 drawers that were then reassembled on the truck itself to avoid mixing them up during transport.”
Mr. Beker had to apply for a special permit for this move. It’s not allowed to import plants into the UK to prevent the spread of diseases but fungi are not plants and different rules apply. Dr. Beker is an expert having named many species new to science; he was granted individual permission for his move. “It took us four days only for the disassembling and reassembling of the herbarium and we had three movers on site both in Belgium as in Windsor to make sure everything went smoothly”, Move Manager Dominique Dedeurwaerder, says.
And smoothly it went! Resulting in a satisfied customer. “I considered Gosselin for the move as they were the ones to relocate me from the UK to Belgium twenty-one years ago”, Dr. Beker adds. “I spoke to Steven and he had excellent ideas to make this move a success. Everything went very well. The guys were brilliant and very careful with everything. A joy to be with!”
Gosselin is a leading provider of international moving and destination services. Our clients are multinationals, relocation management companies, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private persons. With 56 offices in 34 countries, Gosselin has a strong presence in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Gosselin is a division of the Gosselin Group that has its headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1930 and employs a staff of 975 that generates more than 450 million euros in turnover.