RHS Garden Technical Services Officer

After obtaining a degree in Environmental Science, I started my working life in hospital laboratories, I then moved on to medical research at Leicester University.
In 1999 my husband and I were in a position do a bit of travelling in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America. On our return we moved to North Devon when I decided to do something a little more closely related to my degree and embarked on a correspondence course with KLC in Chelsea. On obtaining my diploma in Garden Design I started my own business. As I had some spare time, I became a volunteer at Rosemoor working in the Queen Mothers’ Rose Garden and then in the nursery.
When a part time vacancy arose as Garden Technical Services Officer, I was encouraged to apply by one of the Garden Managers; and as business was being hit by the recession, I grabbed at the chance. I am now responsible for garden I&I at Rosemoor, mapping, contributions to the website including Plant of the Month and Looking Good, the occasional article for local publications, photography and the odd bit of design work. I am also Volunteer coordinator for the site.
In my spare time, I like to walk on the North Devon and Cornish coasts and I am a committee member for our local wildlife group.

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