Back to presentations: Annual conference 2017 ‘Connecting gardens; engaging people’Ann Steele, Head of Heritage Gardening, National Trust for Scotland Ann began her gardening career as a volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland at Inverewe Garden. She went on to study at Askham Bryan College, York and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. After a spell of nursery work she returned to the Trust to work at Arduaine Garden, Argyll on its acquisition by the charity. She became a Gardens Adviser for the Trust in 1996 – a post she held until recently. In that post she worked with most of the Trust’s gardens at different times, though with a general focus in the west; this led to her becoming the Trust’s plant health and biosecurity lead, following outbreaks of Phytophthora ramorum and P. kernoviae in some gardens there. Following a recent restructure in the organisation Ann was appointed to a new senior role – Head of Heritage Gardening (policy) – in November 2016.