Kew appoints new chair to board

Lord Selborne to head board of trustees at botanic garden

Horticulture minister Lord Whitty has announced the appointment of Lord Selborne as chair of the board of trustees for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. During his career, Lord Selborne has held many positions in both the public and private sectors. He is managing director of Blackmoor Estate, a farming and horticultural business in Hampshire, and chair of the House of Lords subcommittee on the environment, agriculture, public health and consumer protection. He is also chancellor of Southampton University. Between 1993 to 1998, he was a trustee of RBG Kew and is a trustee of both the John Innes Foundation and the Lawes Agricultural Trust at Rothamsted. Lord Selborne will take over at Kew from Viscount Blakenham, who spent 12 years on the board and oversaw Kew’s successful application to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lord Selborne said: “As a horticulturist with a long involvement in science policy and in promoting sustainable development, I am honoured to be invited to succeed Michael Blakenham as chair of the board of trustees.”

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