He has supported Garden Organic’s Food Growing Schools: London project.Collins said:"It is a great honour for me to be joining the team at Garden Organic. I am a passionate believer in organic horticulture, not only for the environmental benefits it offers, but also for the role it can play in people’s social and spiritual wellbeing. Garden Organic’s principles and practices provide the perfect vehicle to engage people in this valuable subject. I trust the 30 plus years I have been a professional horticulturalist will play a pivotal role in promoting the important work of the members and staff of the charity."
Chief executive James Campbell said: "The appointment of Chris to this role marks an exciting new chapter for Garden Organic. With more and more of our population concerned about the chemical pesticides and herbicides we encounter every day, our charity needs to support people now more than ever in discovering that there is a better way – and we’re confident Chris is the perfect person to help us deliver this message."
This position will see Collins representing the charity by communicating organic growing information at events and supporting the charity’s campaigning activity, and contributing to the educational role of Ryton Organic Gardens.
Chris will start in the role of Head of Organic Horticulture in September 2016.