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On 13 January 2020 it was announced that an apple sapling that had been grown on from a seed taken into space by astronaut Tim Peake was to be given a new home in Bushy Park. Click HERE for the story.

We all have one thing in common – a desire to keep the Parks at the forefront of horticultural, landscape and cultural excellence.

Management Committee

The Royal Parks Guild's committee is made up of committed people with a wide range of experience and qualifications necessary to manage the Guild. They include:

Mike Fitt OBE - Chairman

Mike was formerly Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Parks for The Royal Parks, who on his retirement set up The Royal Parks Guild. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.

Ruth Holmes - Vice Chair

Ruth works for The London Legacy Development Corporation in a sponsorship role for the Public Realm at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.

Jennifer Adams OBE, LVO - Treasurer

Jennifer was formerly Director of Open Spaces for the City of London. She has a long association with the Institute of Horticulture, The Royal Horticultural Society and London Parks & The London Green Spaces Forum.

Barbara Fitt - Secretary

Barbara has spent many years working in the City as the PA for several Chairmen and Directors in various City companies. In retirement she is now Secretary of The Royal Parks Guild.

David Ivison MSc

David Ivison, formerly a Chartered Environmentalist working in consultant and service industries as an arboriculturist and landscape manager.

Roger Sygrave

Roger formerly held the post of Assessor for The Royal Parks’ Apprenticeship scheme dealing with the inner Royal parks as Horticultural Assessor and Co-ordinator for Capel Manor College, Enfield.

Matthew Higham

Matthew trained as a Landscape Architect and worked in The Royal Parks as both Client and Contractor in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and The Brompton Cemetery. He is now working for OCS as Contract Manager looking after Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and St James's Park.

Dr Sidney Sullivan FIHort, IFPRA World Commissioner

Sid established the first parks, environmental and management consultancy and now consults widely within the U.K. and overseas. He is a World Commissioner for the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration, (IFPRA).

Geraldine King

Geraldine is the Garden Estate Manager for Chiswick House and Gardens and has worked for the Trust overseeing the property since 2014. Prior to this she managed parks for the City of London and The Royal Parks. She is also a Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Judge.

Committee members co-opted from contractor organisations

Apprentice representative

Currently vacant

Staff representative

Currently vacant

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The Secretary
The Royal Parks Guild
14 Nelson Place
Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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