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Mark Ballard, Curator Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is based in Gloucestershire and located three miles from the traditional Cotswolds market town of Tetbury. An internationally important plant collection, set within a picturesque landscape laid out in Victorian times, the arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. The 15,000 labelled specimens (around 2,500 taxa) come from all over the temperate world, and includes many rare trees and five National Collections.
Mark has overall responsibility for managing all aspects of the botanical collection, as well as maintaining and developing the historic Grade One listed landscape. He has worked in a variety of roles within the Tree Management Team at Westonbirt over the last 14 years, and has a passion for writing management plans and policies that bring about a positive influence.
Dan Crowley, Dendrologist Westonbirt Arboretum
Dan is responsible for an ongoing programme of plant identification and verification. Dan has worked at Westonbirt for six years, he is a member of the IUCN Global Trees Specialist Group and regularly writes for arboricultural journals and industry-wide publications.