Simon runs the technical aspects of the business - he will work with you to assess the jobs that need doing, plan any design and development features and run the team that will carry out the work.
"I am a fully qualified gardener and tree surgeon, and have worked in horticulture and arboriculture for many years. I am passionate about plants and managing the natural environment in an organic, sustainable and considerate way. Before setting up Merristem I worked for Dartington Hall, Paington Zoological Gardens, and as the Head Gardener for a 5* wedding venue on a Private Estate.
I took additional qualifications in 2012 to add to my existing knowledge by taking the Foundation Science Degree in Horticulture (Equivalent to RHS Level 3-4). I love working with nature and its in my blood as my father and both grandfathers worked in land based careers, so whether its time in the greenhouse tending to new plants, or satisfactorily completing a garden job or sympathetically pruning a beautiful tree,I think theres no escaping it for me!"
Moaki runs the operational side of the business - the accounts, marketing and development activities of Merristem.
"I have always been entrepreneurial, so its been great to put those skills to use with Simon to create a company together. I started my career in the music industry, followed by a full time business management degree to improve my skills and knowledge. Since then I've been working in operational and business development roles for industries including outdoor education, retail, higher education and defence.
Project Management has always been at the core of what I do, being able to manage complex situations, problem solving and budgeting are all part of a days activity, inclduing the days I'm looking after our children!
It is important to me that things are run on time and to budget, and that our clients are kept well informed of progress, problems and/or any changes that need to be made. We run a tight, friendly team that pushes for efficiency but not at the cost of a beautiful end result. We want to leave each job satisfied with the standard and happy that its what our clients want."