Trentham's head of gardens secures National Trust role

Michael Walker, head of garden and estate at Stoke-on-Trent's Trentham Estate and Gardens, has been appointed to the prestigious role of chairman of the National Trust's Gardens & Parks Panel.

Michael Walker. Image: Supplied by National Trust
Michael Walker. Image: Supplied by National Trust
Walker secured the position after being a member of the panel for three years and following professional work at some the UK’s best loved gardens including Harewood House in Leeds and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. He has been at Trentham since 2004.

The Gardens & Parks Panel provides an external reference point for the trust and advises on issues relating to the plant collections, the conservation of gardens and parks, and the management and interpretation of those open to the public.

St. Modwen, the UK’s regeneration specialist and owner of Trentham Estate and Gardens, is allowing Walker the time to dedicate to his role at the National Trust, seeing it as an extension of his work.

Walker said: "My appointment as chairman of the Garden & Parks Panel is a great honour, and one I could not possibly have envisaged when I first joined the National Trust way back in 1981.

"The trust is responsible for the largest collection of gardens and parks under single ownership in Europe, if not the world, so it is an extremely exciting organisation to be part of."

Mike Calnan, head of gardens at the National Trust, said the appointment was a tribute to walker's standing as one of the top horticulturalists in the UK and to his knowledge of historic garden management.

"He brings a wealth of experience, combined with exceptional advisory and leadership qualities which will benefit trust gardens enormously. We are greatly looking forward to working with Michael in his new role."

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