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experience and expertise

The Directors of Birkdale International have combined the experience and expertise of Birkdale Nursery (Australia) and Asian Sportsturf (Hong Kong).

James McGeoch, Darren Moseley & Barbara McGeoch

Birkdale Nursery in Australia was an established international horticulture company with a proven track record, over 22 years, in exporting plants and horticulture services throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Pacific Islands with clients including Disneyland Hong Kong and the Royal Families in Bahrain, Brunei and Japan. In 2006, Birkdale, which was already well established in China, consolidated its nursery operations in Zhuhai, China so that it could focus on its projects in Hong Kong, China and Macau. Asian Sportsturf is a leading international turf construction and maintenance company with 18 years experience servicing clients including Disneyland Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Golf Club and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

James McGeoch

Birkdale International Limited, Director

James is a Director of Birkdale International Limited (Hong Kong), Director of Landscape and Nursery Division for Shanghai Shendi Garden Investment and Construction Company Limited, Senior Consultant for Shanghai Gardens Group Company Limited and Managing Director, McGeoch’s Birkdale Nursery Pty Ltd (Australia).

He brings over 42 years horticultural and 22 years exporting experience to the company as Managing Director of Birkdale Nursery from 1982-2006. Birkdale Nursery was well known for its high quality horticultural products and export services throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Pacific Islands and was a leader in the Australian horticultural industry.

James is highly respected in the Australian and international horticultural industry and has held leadership positions on several Australian national boards. From 1997-2001, he was Chairman of the Horticultural Research and Development Corporation of Australia and from 1999- 2001, he was Chairman of the Joint Rural Research and Development Corporations. He is also a Past Member of the Rural Innovation Advisory Council (a Federal Government ministerial appointment). His contribution to outstanding service to the Australian nursery industry was recognised by him being named ‘Nurseryman of the Year’ in 1999.

James has a deep understanding of the complexities of the international market and provides a wealth of knowledge in this arena. He has been based in Asia for the past 14 years, living and working in the Philippines, Hong Kong, China and Macau.

Darren Moseley

Birkdale International Limited, Director

Darren is a Director of Birkdale International Limited (Hong Kong and Macau), Managing Director, Asian Sportsturf Limited (Hong Kong) and Zhuhai Dai Yi Golf and Landscape Company (China).

Qualified in Horticulture and Turf Management, Darren’s career spans 22 years in the turf and golf course construction industry with 18 years experience in South East Asia. Asian Sportsturf Limited is regarded as one of the world’s premier golf course construction companies with clients including Hong Kong Golf Club, Hong Kong Jockey Club. In 2005, following his work with Disneyland Hong Kong, he commenced business in the landscape sector.

Darren is experienced in the project management of all aspects of turf grass, landscape construction and maintenance. He was an international finalist for the Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Claude Crockford Environmental Award when he was Golf Course Superintendent at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course.

Barbara McGeoch

Director, Zhuhai Birkdale Nursery Limited

Barbara is a Director of McGeoch’s Birkdale Nursery Pty Ltd (Australia), Zhuhai Birkdale Nursery Limited (China) and General Manager of Emaho Trees (Australia). 

Over the last 19 years, she has helped to build Birkdale’s international presence including an impressive global network of quality suppliers to ensure Birkdale meets the diverse and demanding requirements of clients in markets throughout Asia and the Middle East.

In 2002, she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales at their International Congress in St. Petersburg.  In 1999, she received the prestigious Westpac/Australian Institute of Export ‘Heroes Award’ for outstanding service to Australia’s export efforts.

Currently, she is a Director of the Australian Institute of Export which focuses on education and raising the awareness of the importance of export to Australia’s economy.


James McGeoch and Darren Moseley are backed up by our team of professionals with international experience and expertise in project management, ornamental horticulture and provision of services relating to horticultural advice, research and export/logistics.

The Australian Government, in 1995, recognised Birkdale’s innovative pioneering export ability through the presentation of a ‘Citation for Export Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Australia’s Export Efforts’.

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