Setting and measuring presentation and conservation standards in National Trust gardens


Back to presentations: Annual Conference 2016 – Skills and Standards

Pam Smith, Gardens Adviser National Trust Midlands Region and PlantNetwork Administrator

Pam works with property and garden teams in 26 National Trust gardens across the Midlands Region. Her role involves advising properties on presentation standards, staff skills and recruitment, restoration and new project work. Her main remit for the coming 12 months is to ensure all gardens have Garden Management Plans which reflect their history, Spirit of Place and resource levels. In addition to this she is currently working on two 18th C Pleasure Ground Restoration projects and a Georgian garden restoration in Herefordshire.

Pam has worked in horticulture for over 30 years and trained in horticulture via a YTS programme in Bangor and an OND at Askham Bryan College. In 2000 Pam gained a PG Diploma with the Architecture Association in Conservation and Management of Historic Landscapes. Her career started in public parks in NE England followed by 8 years as Director of the University of Birmingham Botanic Garden. She later worked as a freelance horticultural and heritage consultant including research projects on skills in the industry with EH and Lantra and HLF bid for Great Dixter . Pam took up the National Trust role in 2011. Pam was Vice Chair of PlantNetwork before taking up the part time role of PlantNetwork Administrator.