Fruit expert and former grower made director of research at Berry Gardens

Soft and stone fruit expert and former grower Richard Harnden has been appointed as director of research by Berry Gardens.

Harnden has 30 years' experience in the business and is well-known across the industry for his passion, expertise, dedication and enthusiasm for the subject, thanks to his background as a grower and plant propagator.

He has served on a wide range of industry bodies as a technical expert and has been a Berry Gardens employee for more than 15 years - most recently in the more general role of technical development director.

Berry Gardens managing director Nicholas Marston said: "We are keen to benefit from Richard's huge knowledge and experience in the areas of research and technology by allowing him to focus his time and enthusiasm on both the gathering of information on a global scale and also the clear and effective dissemination of this.

"There are great gains to be made for us as a group if we can maximise the effective uptake of new technology. This takes time and focus."

Marston continued: "Richard will have a key role in ensuring that Berry Gardens and our growers remain at the forefront of the UK industry in terms of new technologies involved in production, the environmentally responsible and effective treatment of pests and disease and our varietal offer, especially in the area of new crops and products."


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

Can UK fresh produce come out of Brexit ahead?

UK production horticulture can become more profitable under one possible Brexit scenario, while other more drastic scenarios will lead to only minor losses in profitability, in contrast to other farming sectors, according to a new report by levy body AHDB with Agra CEAS Consulting.

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

Business Planning - Staff are your greatest asset

An effective strategy to retain staff is the best way for any business to avoid a potential recruitment crisis, Neville Stein advises.

How should agri-tech research for fresh produce function in a post-Brexit UK?

How should agri-tech research for fresh produce function in a post-Brexit UK?

One area affected by the uncertainty around Brexit will be the ongoing development of agricultural technology, seen by many as essential to retain Britain's productivity and competitiveness in fresh produce along with other farming sectors.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon