Another blow for Middleton as curator resigns

Wolfgang Bopp leaves National Botanic Garden of Wales for Hillier gardens

National Botanic Garden of Wales curator Wolfgang Bopp has dealt another blow to Middleton with the news that he is leaving to become curator of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire. The move follows an offer from the gardens three months ago. At the time, Bopp felt it was inappropriate to leave because of the uncertain future of his team in Wales. The offer was accepted following the news that subsidies and funding from the Millennium Commission are to secure the garden’s future (HW, 25 March). Bopp said: “This is a step up for me and I’m looking forward to it, although I’m sad to be leaving so many friends in Wales.” The role will see Bopp maintaining and developing one of the most extensive collections of hardy woody plants in the UK and dealing with new challenges. Founding director of horticulture at Middleton Ivor Stokes will return to lead the team until a successor is found for Bopp.

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