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Phillip Esseen, Bsc, BLD, CMLI Curator of botany and horticulture, Chester Zoo Philip joined Chester Zoo as Curator of Botany and Horticulture in 2015. His role involves managing the gardens and parts of the wider estate, curating the plant collection, ensuring the zoo plays an increasingly active role in plant conservation, and advising on plant selection and design for enclosures. Philip graduated with a degree in Botany from Manchester University, followed by a degree in Landscape Design. Since then, he has worked as a Landscape Architect, Nature Conservation Officer, and Parks Manager, working on large land reclamation and habitat restoration schemes in the UK, and explored the relationships between plants, landscape and people.