At Kernock Park Plants we value every member of our staff. It is through their hardwork, knowledge and experience that we are able to offer our high quality products and services. We also believe that every member of our staff has something to input and utilise this to strive for innovation in both products, services and production methods.
Kernock Park Plants currently employ approx. 100 staff across the nursery. We have a mixture of full and part time employees including a number of residents that return to us each year from outside the UK. Regretably there is not enough space to list everyone by name here but we thought it would at least be beneficial to have a face to put behind the person at the end of the phone/email.
Bruce Harnett - Managing Director
Previous to working at Kernock Park Plants, I studied Environmental Science at King's College, London, worked in South Africa for one year in a riverine ecology department, University of the Witwatersrand and have also worked and studied at Plymouth University as part of a business graduate placement scheme.
My spare time is mostly spent with my lovely young family and friends. When I do manage to sneak a few hours for myself I may be found on the golf course, I may even try to get a trip a year skiing and snowboarding.
Richard Harnett - Chairman
I founded Kernock Park Plants in 1981 with my wife Jan producing, at first, vegetable crops. While working for ADAS as an Horticultural Adviser I studied Bedding Plant production and toured Europe and USA during my time with the Ministry. I recognised many plants and techniques that were not used or practised in the UK and advised the industry on the possibilities. Falling on deaf ears I decided the only way to promote the Patio Plant was to do it myself and, since 1988 have developed the business growing innovative plants.
The site now covers 12 ha with 4 ha of protected cover and continues to seek new varieties while combining modern techniques for sustainability and efficiency. Since my son, Bruce, has become Managing Director my role is now of Chairman.
Julian Cooper - Senior ICT & Operations Manager
I have been working in ICT for over 20 years, starting my career in R&D for ocean nutrients before moving into database management and ultimately to Kernock.
My time at Kernock is spread between a number of areas covering management meetings, server management, security, desktop and software support, website creation and creating the Nursery Management System (NMS).
I am also a leader in lean projects across the site with a keen interest in the continuous improvement of Kernock's production methods and services.
Outside of Kernock I also run a private business hosting and creating website and database projects for local business and providing ICT support services.
My main hobby is playing (many would argue to obsession) badminton at county level, entering national tournaments and representing my local team. I am also chairman of the local district league and a junior coach.
But nothing is more important to me than my family, wife Rowan and children Daniel and Emily. Any spare time I have is spent enjoying days out with my family and ferrying my children to the many activities with which they are involved.
Joanne Harnett - Sales Office Manager
I have worked as part of the Kernock team since 2002. I began as part of the cutting team and have worked throughout the nursery over the years, with no horticultural background initially there was a steep learning curve. Since 2007 I have been more office based involved in sales , customer service and general personnel. I very much enjoy working in the family business where my role has developed over the years continuing to be varied and challenging with continuous development.
Myself and my husband Bruce Harnett have two children, Isaac and Gwen- Joyce who ensure life is never dull.
In my spare time I enjoy the usual , spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy running , cooking and holidays ( who doesn't enjoy holidays) In the coming years I hope to explore more of the world on family adventures.
Darryl Beck - Senior Production Manager
I joined Kernock Park Plants in April 2019. Within my role I have a focus on recruitment, labour planning, and all matters relating to people, plants and production.
I have previously worked as a grower for 2 other successful nurseries. I am a graduate of the University of Reading where I studied Horticulture & Environmental Management (BSc Hons). I relocated to the West Country in 2014 hailing originally from Kent. I currently live in South Devon with my wife Alice.
Claire Maitland - Sales
I have been working at Kernock as a Sales Administrator since September 2017. I have lived in the local area most of my life. I spent 3 years in Western Australia where I spent some time studying and travelling.
Since moving back to the UK in 2009 most of my time is spent raising my children, Matthew aged 10 and James aged 7. I love spending time with my family and when I do get some 'child free' time I enjoy seeing friends.
I enjoy working at Kernock Park Pants and look forward to what the future holds!
Annie McMahon - Sales Administrator
Since joining the Kernock team, i have worked as Sales Office Administrator.
Originally from West Wales, I have lived locally for just over 30 years and with my lovely husband for the last 21 years. I really enjoy taking time out to walk as much as possible in Devon, Cornwall and back in West Wales when I can, especially along the coast.
I spend a lot of time in my garden, having been encouraged to learn about plants by my Nana when I was younger. I also practice Reiki, enjoy Djembe drumming and dabbling in a whole host of arts and crafts. I really enjoy setting myself the challenge of learning something new regularly - my new job role is supplying me with a whole range of new and exciting learning which I'm enjoying thoroughly.
Cathy Parsons - Stock Manager
I have worked at Kernock for many years and covered most area's in my initial years before specializing in plant growth and cultural care culminating in me becoming Motherstock Manager.
Previously I studied a Diploma in Amenity Horticulture after gardening with plantaholic parents. I live locally with my husband and three sons where I pursue my hobbies of walking, reading and Pilates, although my main hobby is of course gardening in my large garden which I have designed and planted myself.
Chris Harnett - InstaPlant Manager
I have been InstaPlant Manager here for over 20 years, I enjoy the challenge of creating works of art in plants in the form of carpet beds and 3D displays. I have produced carpet bedding displays for the Chelsea Flower Show, Waddesdon Manor, Hampton Court, RHS Garden Wisley and local authorities and organisations all over the UK.
I have been working in the family business since I was old enough to help out on the nursery, it has been great to see the nursery expand over the years from a few tunnels of strawberries to over 12 acres of high-tech glasshouses and a catalogue range of over 1200 varieties. I have always had a love for plants and look forward to planting out the new varieties on our catalogue. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my growing family (including our crazy new puppy Jasper!), kayaking and photography - and of course gardening!
Louis Taylor - Maintenance Manager
I have been working at Kernock Park Plants for over 20 years, primarily in the maintenance and InstaPlant departments.
In 2017 I took on the role of Maintenance Manager, replacing the now retired Ian Gilbert.
Previous to my life at Kernock, I was an Ex Pongo war Vet since my days of leaving school many years ago!
Alin Voinea - Order Scrutiny
I started working for Kernock Park Plants in 2010 I have worked throughout the company in all production areas moving to Purchasing and Scrutiny Manager in 2016.
In my role I liaise with sales and production to ensure that we are meeting customer requirements and our customers receive accurate updates. Ensuring a smooth transition of each order from Kernock Park plants to the customer.
During this period I've graduated in a Supervisory and Management Training Course at Plumpton College and Horticultural NVQ's with Concordia.
Outside of work I enjoy time with my wife, two children and spending time with friends. Any spare hours I like to spend playing football and basketball, having graduated with a diploma degree in Physical Education and Sport from University in my native country Romania.
Carole Hoskin - Production Manager
I have been married for 35 years, have a daughter who is married and have 2 grand children, Jane 5 years old and Eowyn 3 years.
I have worked at KPP since 1985. I am now production stage 2 manager looking after all plants from fog house to despatch. I am in charge of 2 groups of workers, the Weaning and Shifting team and the Collation team.