Dominic Cole appointed as Chair of National Trust Gardens Panel

Posted on January 17th, 2006 by Sian Jones

Dominic Cole on his new appointment…

I am delighted to have been appointed to follow in the footsteps of such a distinguished expert as Anna Pavord. I am fascinated by the issues facing people responsible for managing and presenting historic gardens. It is of vital importance that the status of professional gardeners is raised in the national consciousness. It is no longer good enough to write-off a highly trained and experienced sector as “just gardeners”. It is high time that Horticulture was recognised as an exciting and rewarding career and that it should carry an appropriate rate of pay – rather than the current derisory and patronising amount that most garden staff are obliged to survive on.

Some 80% of visitors to National Trust properties do so “to see the garden”. Many of these are regular, repeat visitors who use the gardens as their own. This is a fantastic resource and I would like to see the availability extending a welcome to those less privileged and of a greater ethnic diversity.

However it is also of utmost importance that the National Trust is able to provide adequate funding to ensure that the quality of visit continues to be available.

This is a great opportunity to continue the strong relationship between The Garden History Society and The National Trust and I look forward to continuing to work positively with both organisations.

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