National Trust plant records – what, why and how?

Back to presentations: Plant records training day and Mount Stuart garden visit

Pam Smith, Garden and Parks Adviser National Trust, Midlands Region.

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 before taking up the National Trust role in 2011. Pam was Vice Chair of PlantNetwork before taking up the part time role of PlantNetwork Administrator.


Alison Crook, National Trust Plant Collections Curator.

After a career managing large IT projects in a banking environment, I decided to step off the bandwagon and take a breather.  While meandering about the UK and Ireland looking for inspiration, I found myself increasingly drawn to gardens, and after a year of horticultural training with the National Trust at Knightshayes I am now marrying my IT and process-change skills with my newfound love of plants.  I am based at the Trust’s Plant Conservation Centre (which propagates rare and special plants for all of our properties) I work on plant records, labelling, databases, and new systems and approaches for the future.