Spirit of Place at Nymans – what it means for managing the garden


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Stephen Herrington, Programme Lead, London and South East Gardens Programme, National Trust

Since 2014 Stephen has been Head Gardener at National Trust Nymans, one of the Trust’s premier gardens. Previously he was Curator of Glasgow Botanic Gardens where he carried out extensive improvements to the tree collection with wild origin material and implemented upgrading of the plant records system. From 2005 to 2011 he worked at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and trained at Tresco Abbey Gardens, RHS Garden Wisley and has a BSc (Hons) in Horticulture and Plantsmanship awarded by Glasgow University. Stephen has been fortunate to go on several plant collecting/conservation expeditions over his career, most recently the National Trust led expedition to Tasmania in January.

Currently, Stephen is seconded to lead on the National Trust’s pilot Garden Programme which looks at a number of key objectives around member retention, the all year round gardening offer and investing in gardeners. Stephen is also a PlantNetwork Trustee and Council member for Plant Heritage.