Back to presentations: Managing and enhancing the visitor experience in botanic and historic gardensOriginally trained in environmental biology and forestry, Simon Toomer has worked as a practical forester, woodlands advisor and arboriculturalist in both private and local authority sectors. His particular interests lie in the areas of conservation and management of native woodland and the use of ornamental trees in garden landscapes. He has worked at The National Arboretum since 2000 and in his role as Director is responsible for overseeing the management and development of one of the finest tree collections in the World. Simon has travelled in many parts of Europe, North America, Asia and Africa in pursuit of trees and is the author of ‘Trees for the Small Garden’ (Timber Press, 2005). In 2009 he completed a second book on the establishment and maintenance of tree collections and arboreta. He is a professional member of the Arboricultural Association and a trustee of the charity Tree Aid.