Robert Brett Named Curator of RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Horticulturist will develop plant collections and horticultural displays







Robert Brett

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the appointment of Robert Brett to the position of curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, in Essex.

Robert took up the post on Tuesday 7 April, joining a team of more than 250 staff and volunteers. As curator, Robert is responsible for managing and developing the garden’s plant collections and horticultural displays, and for leading a team of horticulturists, RHS trainees, apprentices and garden volunteers.

Robert trained at the Welsh College of Horticulture and has a Kew Diploma in Horticulture and an MSc in Environment and Development Education from South Bank University. He started his career in landscaping before moving to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he assisted in the managed the orchid collections. He then became supervisor of glasshouses at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, where he also taught adult education programmes, and then moved to The Eden Project, as horticultural curator for temperate collections. Robert joins the RHS from his latest role at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge where he was responsible for the setup, delivery and management of a comprehensive plant growth facility for the Laboratory.

Robert said: “I’m thrilled to be joining RHS Garden Hyde Hall at such an exciting time in its history. The next few years will see many new developments to the garden, including a new edible garden, a winter garden and a 46 acre perennial meadow. It’s an honour to be able to work with a fantastic team to enable these ambitious projects come to life, ensuring that Hyde Hall remains one of the country’s best loved gardens now and in the future.”

In response to the increasing popularity of the garden, to which visitor numbers have grown by 41% over the past two years, the previous Curator and Head of Site, Ian Le Gros, has taken on the role of dedicated Head of Site with reponsibility for overall site management and key project development.


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About RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Donated to the RHS by Helen and Dick Robinson in 1993, RHS Garden Hyde Hall is set in 360 acres of land, and attracts more than 217,000 visitors annually.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET. 0845 265 8071

Opening times
The garden is open daily, except for Christmas Day
Mar – Oct Mon – Sun: 10am – 6pm
Nov – Feb Mon – Sun: 10am – 4pm

The plant centre, gift & bookshop and café are open daily from 9.30am.
Last admission is one hour before closing.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest
(entitlements may vary according to membership type).

Adults £9.85 (£8.95 without Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £4.95 (£4.50 without Gift Aid)
Children 4 & under Free
Family (2 adults + 2 children £25.15 (£22.80 without Gift Aid)
Groups of more than 10 people £7.95pp (booked in advance)

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 211 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

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