Ian Wright, National Trust Garden Consultant in the South West, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Associate of Honour’ for horticulture. This is an award given to persons who have given distinguished service to the practice of horticulture by The Royal Horticultural Society.
Ian received this award in recognition of his distinguished service to the practice of horticulture throughout his 35 year career.
After training with the RHS at Wisley and working at the famous Tresco Abbey gardens on the Isles of Scilly, Ian has spent the last 30 years with the National Trust which began as Head Gardener at The Vyne in Hampshire. Ian is currently the lead Garden Consultant for the South West caring for 50 important gardens and also manages a team of conservation specialists.
Ian led the National Trust’s ground breaking work in helping to prevent the spread and impact of new plant diseases on gardens and plant collections. His guidance, developed in partnership with APHA is still widely used inside and beyond he National Trust and has even been translated into different languages.
There are never more than 100 RHS Associates of Honor at any one time, so this truly is a rare and distinguished achievement.
After receiving his award at the RHS headquarters in London. Ian said, ‘I was surprised and honored to receive this award. It means so much to me and makes me more resolved to promote horticultural careers which I highly recommend to all. I continue to greatly enjoyed working, visiting and giving something back to horticulture by supporting the people in our great gardens. ‘
Mike Calnan, National Trust Head of Gardens said: ‘I am delighted that the RHS have recognised Ian’s major contribution to British horticulture. He is a fantastic ambassador for the National Trust and a tireless advocate for our gardens and gardeners.’