We are delighted to introduce our new Chairman, Ted Wake. Ted is an experienced and enthusiastic gardener and has been creating a new garden over the last 15 years where he lives near Winchester. His horticultural career has included some time at RHS Wisley, as well as working for a Landscape Designer in London, and working on the remote Seychelles’ atoll, Aldabra, studying blue green algae. He has a BSc in Horticulture/Botany/Garden Design from Wye College, University of London. A career change in 1989 led him to the world of travel and since then he has been the Director of independent travel specialist, Kirker Holidays, creating cultural tours and tailor-made holidays for discerning travellers.
Ted has been a life member of HGT for several years and says ‘I am delighted to accept the role of Chairman for Hampshire Gardens Trust. The HGT includes a team of enthusiastic and expert volunteers who share a passion to research, monitor and protect Hampshire’s finest gardens and the wider landscape. The support that the HGT is able to offer helps owners and custodians of these special gardens and landscapes to nurture and preserve this vital element of our heritage for the benefit of all. Furthermore, the HGT is able to provide vital planning advice on public spaces, landscape and private gardens to the County Council and local councils at a time when Hampshire is under pressure from a growing population that needs housing and infrastructure that meets local and national needs.’