Brett joined the Essex garden on 7 April from the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge where he was responsible for the setup, delivery and management of a comprehensive plant growth facility for the Laboratory. He replaces Ian Le Gros, who is now head of site.
He joins a team of more than 250 staff and volunteers. As curator, Robert will manage and develop the garden’s plant collections and horticultural displays, and lead a team of horticulturists, RHS trainees, apprentices and garden volunteers.
Brett trained at the Welsh College of Horticulture and has a Kew Diploma in Horticulture and an MSc in Environment and Development Education from South Bank University.
He started his career in landscaping before moving to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where he assisted in the managed the orchid collections. He then became supervisor of glasshouses at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, where he also taught adult education programmes, and then moved to The Eden Project, as horticultural curator for temperate collections.
He said: "The next few years will see many new developments to the garden. It’s an honour to be able to work with a fantastic team to enable these ambitious projects come to life, ensuring that Hyde Hall remains one of the country’s best loved gardens now and in the future."
For more about developments at Hyde Hall see next week's Horticulture Week.