Andy Jackson, Director of Wakehurst, is taking early retirement after 31 years of service to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
He has spent 25 years at Wakehurst Place in Ardingly.
Richard Deverell, Director at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, said: “On behalf of the Trustees and Executive Board, and indeed every employee and volunteer at RBG Kew, I would like to thank Andy for his tremendous contribution over four decades and, in particular, his leadership of Wakehurst over the past 12 years and the significant contribution that he has made to Wakehurst and the Millennium Seed Bank over many more years.
“I have greatly enjoyed working with Andy since I joined Kew.
“I have never met a more dedicated, hard-working or loyal public servant than Andy Jackson. I will miss his sage judgement, deep expertise and good humour.”
Mr Deverell said Mr Jackson leaves an ‘incredible legacy’ at Wakehurst, with his leadership turning it into a ‘horticultural gem’, adding that he has put Wakehurst on a ‘firm financial footing for the future by laying the foundations of an emerging new business plan that has already seen direct income at Wakehurst shoot up by 47 per cent and membership numbers climb from 2,000 to over 9,000 in a year’.
He continued: “Andy is a passionate conservationist who firmly believes in the power of nature and gardens to inspire and educate and his integrity and expertise will be sorely missed at Wakehurst and throughout Kew.
“Personally, he has been a rock and I shall miss greatly working with him and drawing from his excellent judgement.”
Catharine Pusey, will becoming acting director until the Wakehurst appoints a new director.
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