I hold an MSc in Renewable Natural Resources and Development, with fieldwork in the forests of Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda. Following on from this I worked on a research project in Hong Kong, looking at the role of birds in the dispersal of invasive plants.
I joined the team at FAST, as Horticultural Curator of the National Fruit Collection, in 2013, where my work includes walking the orchards to check the health of the trees and organising repropagation where necessary. I’m also the go-to person for supply of graftwood from the many varieties that we hold in the Collection (over 3000!) and while there are many great aspects to the role, probably the best part for me is recording the blossom in springtime – there’s not much that can beat ‘having’ to walk through an orchard full of blossom.