Horticulture Week Business Award - Wholesale Protected Ornamentals Grower of the Year

Winner - Kernock Park Plants

Image: Kernock Park Plants
Image: Kernock Park Plants

Kernock Park Plants is an independent wholesale producer of high-quality, young ornamental plants. With 4ha of cover (predominantly glass), more than 11 million plants are produced to cater for a variety of customer requirements.

Plants are grown and sold to more than 1,300 customers. Kernock has established the loyal, long-term and stable customer base by focusing on repeated customer satisfaction through product quality, ease of ordering, accuracy and timeliness of any updates and ability to deal with any issues in an effective manner.

Since its inception in the 1980s, Kernock’s name has become synonymous with growing innovation and quality. The diverse range of 1,200 varieties offered spans several traditional categories including seasonal/bedding and patio plants; hardy and herbaceous perennials; hardy nursery stock; and more niche crops such as succulents and carpet bedding.

The company was integral in establishing the Proven Winners plant brand in Europe and processes all royalty returns for 30 million Proven Winner plants sold each year. In addition, Kernock is the only northern hemisphere commercial propagator of the Wollemi pine.

The company prides itself on its ability to offer flexible solutions. InstaPlant (pictured) is a carpet bedding product for local authorities, corporates, charities, sports clubs and tourist attractions. The idea was developed in the face of dwindling specialist skills for installing carpet bedding displays.

Over the years, Kernock has been the research and development hub for many systems and practices. It has developed nursery transport systems and efficient workstations, and been at the forefront of the trend to install LED units in ornamental plant propagation. The firm has also developed its own bespoke nursery management system.

The heating system for the nursery uses biomass from sustainable forestry and is carbon-neutral. Electricity consumption has been reduced by installing banks of photovoltaic cells and rainwater is collected and stored in a reservoir. Kernock incorporates the use of biological controls applied with biologically compatible chemicals and effective fertigation.

The management team aims to motivate staff by implementing systems of reward and recognition, and formulating a robust appraisal system. Kernock has been able to increase sales turnover by 20% over the past three years while maintaining healthy profit margins.

Sponsored by: Sinclair

Highly commended

  • Farplants

SEE ALL BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 WINNERS

***ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR 2019 HORTICULTURE WEEK BUSINESS AWARDS - ENTER NOW!***


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Business Planning - How to plan for extreme weather

Business Planning - How to plan for extreme weather

Be prepared for more frequent extreme weather events or be prepared to see your business suffer, warns Neville Stein.

Anemone

Anemone

These uncomplicated plants produce beautiful flowers for most of the growing season, says Miranda Kimberley.

IPM Essen 2019 - What will be on display at Europe's biggest nursery event?

IPM Essen 2019 - What will be on display at Europe's biggest nursery event?

Plants, technology, floristry, garden features and accessories will all be showcased in the updated Messe Essen venue at this year's IPM show, says Matthew Appleby.


Opinion... Open horticulture students' eyes to opportunities

Opinion... Open horticulture students' eyes to opportunities

The number of full-time students entering colleges for land based studies currently stands at 800, an unbelievably low number for the whole of the country. Colleges offering a wide range of agricultural and horticultural subjects have dropped and horticultural courses are being lost at a quite frightening rate.

Opinion... Frictionless trade good for business

Opinion... Frictionless trade good for business

Whether you voted to remain in or to exit from the EU, the value of "frictionless trade" has become clear over these past 16 months.

Opinion... Why is experience being discarded?

A long-serving person in the nursery trade, who has won numerous RHS Gold Medals and, incidentally, served the society remarkably well, is now in their sixties and was advised recently that they are too old to judge.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

HORTICULTURE WEEK BUSINESS Awards 2019

The Horticulture Week Business Awards is now open for entries

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 60 Ornamentals nurseries

See our exclusive RANKING of ornamentals nurseries by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

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

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles