Landscape 2019

Spring 2021

David Richardson

David Richardson

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Saturday jobs and a host of relatives who were farmers and gardeners meant that a career in horticulture wasn’t that surprising. I grew up in Northern Ireland, left to study in horticulture at Bath University and over 30 years later work as Director of Horticulture for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, where we pride ourselves on saying we are one of the largest and greatest gardening organisations. With a global estate in over 150 countries a workforce of 850 horticulturists and gardeners we manage and maintain the war cemeteries and memorials of the two world wars and my role is setting strategy, ensuring global quality and now looking at how we best sustainably continue our task into the next century.

A Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and this years Horticulture Week ‘Custodian of the Year’  I’ve lived and worked in Turkey France and Cyprus and travelled and worked in the middle and far East and have a global awareness of the value of quality greenspace and the challenges in finding skills and resources to deliver these.