Minter steps down as Eden Project director following comments on role of the disabled

Eden Project boss resigns following controversial comments about disabled workers.

Eden Project director of horticulture Sue Minter has announced her resignation. Her decision follows comments she made at an RHS-hosted Green Skills Seminar in London on 20 March in which, within a debate on the image of horticulture, she said: “We place the disabled behind the scenes. We have a responsibility for professional horticulture’s image”, as reported in HW on 30 March. Eden Project PR manager David Rowe said: “She regrets that she suggested the Eden Project placed disabled people behind the scenes, when this is certainly not the case. Rowe added that Minter is working out her notice after tendering her resignation on 29 March and that she is currently away for a few days. There are no plans yet for a successor. He said: “The Eden Project understands why she has taken this decision to resign, thanks her for her past service and wishes her well for the future.” Rowe added: “The Eden Project works positively and proactively with disabled people, and organisations representing them, in many areas. We also recognise and celebrate the diversity of our team and we work hard to support people with disabilities who work for us across our team.”

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