Parks & Gardens UK Trustees
The Trustees of Parks & Gardens UK oversee the work of the project team, are directly involved with fundraising and strive to develop new partnerships for future projects that will enhance and expand the web resource.
Dr Clare Hickman Employed as a Wellcome Fellow in Medical History and Humanities at Kings College London, Clare is a medical and landscape historian. Her current research focues on the scientific use of gardens by medical practitioners in the long eighteenth-century. Her doctorate was published by MUP in 2013 as Therapeutic Landscapes: A History of Hospital Gardens since 1800. From 2007-2012, she was the Research Assistant on the Leverhulme Trust funded Historic Gardens and Landscapes of England Project led by Professor Timothy Mowl at the University of Bristol. In 2005, she won the first Garden History Society Essay Prize and has also published on the design and use of the nineteenth-century asylum landscape, the role of cold baths and plunge pools in the eighteenth-century garden, and the influence of medical practitioners on the development of urban parks.
Dr David Marsh After a career as a head teacher in Inner London David took very early retirement (the best thing he ever did) and returned to education on his own account. A Diploma in Garden History from Birkbeck, was followed, in 1999, by an M.A in Historical Research, and in 2005 he was awarded a Ph.D for a thesis on “The Gardens and Gardeners of Later Stuart London”. He has since taught at Birkbeck and elsewhere, and is now teaching at City Lit. He is co-convenor of the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes seminar at London University’s Institute of Historical Research and regularly gives conference and research papers on aspects of early modern garden history. And lest you think it’s all theory he gardens (or attempts to garden) 5 acres in western France in his spare time.
Robert Peel After practicing Town Planning in Devon, Robert was a commercial horticulturalist in South Wales during which time he chaired the Farm Shop and Pick Your Own Association. Following a degree in the Conservation of Landscapes and Gardens at the Architectural Association he has been running tours of historic gardens in Europe and the UK, as well as chairing the Events Committee of the Garden History Society. He recently co-authored a book on the landscapes of the Bute family.
Stuart Senior With an academic grounding in engineering Stuart moved on to spend his career delivering large change programmes underpinned by information technology. The bulk of his career was with the consulting division of Coopers & Lybrand and he subsequently worked for British Gas and Marks & Spencer as Director of IT and Change. Most recently he was Chief Executive of ELEXON which undertakes the balancing and settlement roles in the wholesale electricity market. In addition to his role as Trustee and Finance Officer for P&GUK he is a Trustee and Treasurer of the Somerset Gardens Trust and performs a similar role for the Somerset Group of the Hardy Plant Society.
Dr Barbara Simms A garden and landscape historian with a particular Interest in the history, conservation and interpretation of gardens since 1900. She has completed research commissions on twentieth-century landscapes, and has published a number of journal articles and two books, Eric Lyons and Span (2006) and John Brookes, Garden and Landscape Designer (2007). She is also editor of Garden History, Journal of The Garden History Society, and a trustee of the Garden Museum and London Parks & Gardens Trust. Barbara teaches garden history and her current research interest is gardening, gardens and landscapes in 1930s Britain.
Sally Walker Following a career as a garden designer, mainly in the Sussex area, Sally gradually moved into researching garden history and gained her Diploma at the University of Kent in the History, Design and Management of Gardens. Now Vice-President of the Association of Gardens Trusts (AGT), she recently served as Chairman of the AGT, where a large part of her time was devoted to developing and managing the Historic Landscape Project. She is also a founding member of the Sussex Gardens Trust (SGT) and served as Chairman for a number of years. As well as research, Sally is committed to promoting conservation issues and is a member of both the SGT Conservation Committee and the AGT/GHS Joint Conservation Committee. She has until recently represented the AGT on the GHS Events Committee, and organized study days for the AGT over a long period. Sally was involved in the initial decision some twelve years ago to promote a new and more extensive version of the database of UK Parks and Gardens at the University of York. This resulted in the creation of the Parks & Gardens UK web resource that we can all use and benefit from today.