Horticulturist and founder member of IoH Herman Heinrich Baarda MBE dies

An influential horticulturist and founder member of the Institute of Horticulture has died, aged 73.

Herman Heinrich Baarda MBE passed away on 23 September in the Shetland Isles, where he moved from Yorkshire on his retirement. He was born into a Dutch horticultural family and, continuing the family tradition, ran a salad-growing business for many years.

But he was perhaps best known in the industry for his passion for education — devoting much of his time to encouraging younger people to get involved in organisations, training and education.

His training interest led him to become a governor of Bishop Burton College near Beverley, East Yorkshire, where he was a verifier and assessor of horticultural skills.

Baarda was also a member of the management committee of the Eric Gardener Memorial Trust, based at the National Agricultural Centre in Warwickshire, which aims to improve British horticulture by promoting, encouraging and supporting education, research and experimental or development work.

He also worked with children with special needs and played an active role in the NFU - being a member of the central horticultural committee for 30 years. In the early 1990s, he was awarded the MBE for services to horticulture, and in 1994 he was awarded the Institute of Horticulture President's Medal.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter and a grandson.

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