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Royal Horticultural Society – RHS

Team in O+

Prof Alistair Griffiths.  Alistair is the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Director of Science & Collections responsible for managing the RHS’s team of scientists and sits on the RHS Executive Board. He has a PhD from the University of Reading and is a Visiting Professor of Royal Holloway University of London. Alistair is a UK representative on the council of the International Society for Horticultural Science, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and of the Royal Society of Biology. He sits on the Industry/Government’s Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable and chairs the UK’s Horticultural Scientific Research and Development and UKs Health and Horticulture Forum Group. https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/meet-the-team/alistair-griffiths

Dr Margi Lennartsson.  Margi is leading the peat research in the UK. She has over 30 years professional experience in organic horticultural research and programme management, including delivery and management of projects, publication and dissemination of results to stakeholders at all levels, policy formulation and project evaluation. Margi’s areas of expertise include standards and certification for organic agriculture/ horticulture and for peat and compost, covering the EU regulation and national standards for organic farming, standards for organic landscape and amenity horticulture, standards for composting and waste derived compost in terms of standard development and certification. Margi was a member of the UK Advisory Committee on Organic Standards (ACOS; 2007- 2011) and of the Pool of the Expert Group for Technical advice on organic production (EU Commission ), and since 2013, she has also been on the Steering Group of the UK Responsible Sourcing and Manufacture of Growing Media Initiative in the UK

About The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is a horticultural charity founded in 1804 for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. It undertakes scientific research to underpin horticultural advice provided on the charity’s website (1.3 million unique users per month) and to its 490,000 members. Curates four publicly accessible gardens, which attract almost 2 million visitors annually. Organises horticultural shows throughout the UK to showcase horticultural excellence (e.g. RHS Chelsea Flower Show). Provides horticultural education through training and the RHS “Campaign for School Gardening”. Organises “Britain in Bloom” and leads initiatives to inspire changes in societal attitudes, e.g. “Greening Grey Britain” and “Horticulture Matters”.