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Trustees, Officers and Postholders

Officers


Pamela Clark

Chairman. Pamela has served as the speaker organiser of the Norfolk and Suffolk Group and was part of the local team organising the Annual Lecture Day in March 2017

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Stuart Senior

Stuart Senior has been our Honorary Treasurer since 2016. He is a member of the Somerset Group for whom he also acts as Treasurer. His horticultural interests are at the woody end of the hardy plant spectrum and he is assembling a modest collection of ornamental and edible trees in Somerset. He is also a trustee, and Treasurer, of the Somerset Gardens Trust.

 

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Helen Curtis
Hon. Secretary

Helen is a relatively new member to the Society, joining in 2017. She is a committee member of Western Counties Group. She is part of the national steering group that ensures a Society presence  at the Malvern Spring Show. She is also a member of the Pulmonaria Group.

 

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Trustees


Sally Adams
Sally joined the Hardy Plant Society in the autumn of 2001, but only as a national member at first. She eventually joined the Essex group and was quickly co-opted onto the committee as Group Secretary. About the same time she also took on the job of Database Administrator for the Conservation Scheme. She worked with various co-ordinators on the scheme for several years, but by 2013 she needed to step down. Now retired, she continues to be the Essex Group Secretary, and divides her time between her small back garden and her allotment, which is where all those spare seedlings end up. 


Graham Farquhar

Graham is a past Chair of the Lincolnshire Group and with his wife Heather are also members of the Nottinghamshire Group and the Shade and Woodland Group. Both are active participants in the team which put together the last HPS display at Malvern Show, after helping with the Worcestershire Group’s earlier stand and also helping build the revolving stand at RHS Chelsea 2017. In 2019 they designed and built the HPS stand at RHS Chatsworth.


Heather Farquhar

Heather is a member of the Nottinghamshire Group and also the Lincolnshire Group where she acted as Publicity Officer and is the currently the Conservation Coordinator. Heather has also recently joined the Shade & Woodland Group committee. She believes that the HPS has a lot to offer gardeners and deserves to be more widely known. With her husband Graham their garden has several mature trees creating many shady areas. 
Heather is also coordinator of the Kenneth Black Bursary Fund

Karen Gimson
Karen is a garden designer, writer and broadcaster. She has a one acre garden in Leicestershire and writes about growing her own flowers, fruit and vegetables on her blog at bramblegarden.com

Lynne Hackett
Lynne is a member of the West Yorkshire Group and erstwhile editor of the HPS Newsletter

Peter Howard
Peter is Treasurer and Committee member of Cornwall HPS and joint owner at Hidden Valley Gardens in Cornwall (www.hiddenvalleygardens.co.uk), where he has been 'under-gardener' for 8 years. His main career included 40 years working in the public sector (local government and NHS) at various levels of management, followed by 5 years as Programme Director in the private sector working in the NHS environment. He has an MSc in Leadership and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Tricia Newton
Tricia is the chairman of Hardy Geranium Group and is a member of Hampshire and Dorset local groups.
She is also a member of several special interest groups which helps her to grow her knowledge.
As a keen horticulturist she has studied horticulture and garden design over many years and her own small patch is organically grown in a cottage garden style. She considers visiting gardens an essential part of life.

Catherine Part
Catherine is an active member of HPS Western Counties Group and enjoys the thrill of growing as many vegetables as possible that will fit on her allotment.
Space is also given to a wide range of ornamental plants grown in her small garden with the aim of providing all year round nectar to pollinators.

Keith Scott
Keith is an active and enthusiastic member of the East Yorkshire Group. He is a firm believer that HPS should be a learning society embracing and enabling the full range of Hardy Planters to develop their enthusiasms. 
He also holds the post of Group Secretaries' Liaison.

Post Holders

Sally Adams
Conservation Scheme Coordinator

Sally joined the Hardy Plant Society in the autumn of 2001, but only as a national member at first. She eventually joined the Essex group and was quickly co-opted onto the committee as Group Secretary. About the same time she also took on the job of Database Administrator for the Conservation Scheme. She worked with various co-ordinators on the scheme for several years, but by 2013 she needed to step down. Now retired, she continues to be the Essex Group Secretary, and divides her time between her small back garden and her allotment, which is where all those spare seedlings end up. 

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Souren Ala
Journal Editor
Since 2001 Souren has been involved more or less full-time in gardening and garden making.
He was taught to respect all plants for the role which each plays in nature, but he is mainly a fan of herbaceous perennials. He succeeds Pam Ratcliffe as editor of the HPS Journal.

Jan Craig
Publications Coordinator

 


Matthias Dejaegher
Photo Librarian
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Colin Doughty
Website

Colin has looked after the Worcestershire Group website since 2007. He took on technical management of the national website in September 2015 to help with the design and ongoing development of the current site .

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Mick Dunstan
Newsletter Editor

Mick has been chairman of the Worcestershire group for the last three years and was speaker secretary there for three years before that. He stood aside at their AGM in March.  He has been a member of HPS for about nine years and was journalist for all his working life before retirement 13 years ago.

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John Dyson
Website Content Coordinator

John has been HPS Website Content Coordinator since 2009.

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Heather Farquhar
Kenneth Black Bursary Fund Co-ordinator
Heather is a member of the Nottinghamshire Group and also the Lincolnshire Group where she acted as Publicity Officer and is the currently the Conservation Coordinator. Heather has also recently joined the Shade & Woodland Group committee. She believes that the HPS has a lot to offer gardeners and deserves to be more widely known. With her husband Graham their garden has several mature trees creating many shady areas. 
Heather is also currently a Trustee of the HPS

Brian Hackett
Dropbox Manager

Brian lives in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, where he gardens on a north-facing, shady, steeply-sloping site, which the Society is teaching him to regard as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.

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Sharin Ingleby
Facebook Manager

Sharin manages the HPS Facebook Page. She lives in Northumberland and is an active member of the local Group, including playing a key role in the organisation of the Autumn Weekend in 2016.

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Marion Jay
Cornucopia

Marion lives on Exmoor, where she is developing a new garden and renovating the house.  She is Chairwoman of her local village gardening club.  She worked as a professional gardener before becoming a qualified garden designer.  Her favourite activity in the garden is propagating and growing on new plants.

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Diane Puncheon
Seed Distribution Manager

Diane joined the Lincolnshire Group of the Hardy Plant Society in 2014 and became Group Secretary and Programme Secretary. Despite only having superficial knowledge of plants she learnt a great deal from other members who inspired her and led to increased confidence. Diane is currently also a trustee (see above).

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Emma Reece
Horticultural Advisory Service

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Keith Scott
Group Secretaries' Liaison

Keith is an active and enthusiastic member of the East Yorkshire Group. He is a firm believer that HPS should be a learning society embracing and enabling the full range of Hardy Planters to develop their enthusiasms.

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