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Wildlife Gardening Forum Trustee Board
Forum members visiting the Natural History Museum's
Wildlife Garden during a summer conference.
...bringing nature closer to home
Helen Bostock Trustee since 2010
Helen is Horticultural Adviser for the RHS, based at Wisley. With a History degree from York University,
Helen took the National Certificate in Horticulture at Askham Bryan Agricultural/Horticultural College, gaining an excellent grounding
in the basic skills and science of horticulture. She then completed the two-year Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture and RHS
Diploma before joining the Advisory team nine years ago.
Helen has been on the Forum's Steering Group since 2008, and is in charge
of the Forum's research project "Plants for Bugs" at RHS Wisley, which is comparing native and non-native plants as contributors to
garden insect biodiversity.
Laura Brook Trustee since 2011
Laura has worked within the Wildlife Trust movement for the last 10 years and currently works
as a Conservation Policy officer at Sussex Wildlife Trust . Laura is an ecologist with a particular interest in amphibians,reptiles
and ponds . Laura's interest in Wildlife Gardening was fuelled from her time managing the Sussex Wildlife Trust Wildlife advice service,
the service which handles roughly 1200 enquiries a year has a strong focus on enquiries relating to wildlife gardening. Laura
has run wildlife gardening courses for her Trust and has recently developed their wildlife gardening focused project "Nature Street",
which looks at ways in which gardens can work collectively to enhance their street for biodiversity. Laura is interested in looking
at gardens from a connectivity view point and how good design and planning can ensure these resources are recognised as a vital component
of green infrastructure in our urban areas
Becky Groves Trustee since 2010
Dr Steve Head Forum Coordinator
Becky is a Director of long established Garden Centre with two nurseries, where she manages the plant
propagation and purchasing. Previous to this she was the Biodiversity Officer for Conwy County Borough Council for five years. During
this time she worked within the planning department and implemented the Local Biodiversity Action Plan, working with neighbouring
local authorities, wildlife charities, volunteers and schools. An important project during this time was the Snowdonia Wildlife Gardening
Project, of which she was a steering group member. She has a degree in Ecology, a Masters in Countryside Management(which included
a thesis on the effect of wildlife gardening practices on bird populations) and is studying for her advanced RHS certificate.
Steve is an invertebrate zoologist and general ecologist with a particular interest in gardening and
helping people at every level to understand the importance of garden wildlife. He was a founder member of the Forum and the Steering
Group, and has managed the Forum and its conferences for several years. Steve has a lecturing background in Universities in the UK,
Jamaica and Oman, subsequently leading conservation NGOs and managing their development. Steve is a Secretary of State Member
on the Exmoor National Park Authority. He lectures and runs courses on wildlife gardening and is particularly proud of chairing a
team that won Gold and Best in Show for a Courtyard Garden at Chelsea 2010.
Jan Miller-Klein Trustee since 2011
Jan has a BSc. Geology degree from Manchester University, and worked for Manchester museum and
the Manchester University Regional Computer Centre. She has undertaken conservation work on her own 8 acres for over 25 years. Member
of the North Wales Wildlife Trust Conservation committee and Chair of the Clwydian Branch of the NWWT, she has volunteered for
Butterfly Conservation since 1999, including education, publicity, fundraising and habitat management on Eyarth Rocks Reserve
for rare butterflies, on which she has presented at international conferences. She has also written many articles on conservation
and gardening, gives lectures, courses and constructs wildlife gardens for schools and communities. She runs the website www.7wells.co.uk selling
plants and books for wildlife gardens. Jan has a special interest in brownfield sites and has spoken at Forum conferences on this
topic. In 2010 she published ‘Gardening for butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects’. Jan holds the Plant Heritage (NCCPG)
National Collection of Eupatorium.
Dr Andrew Salisbury Trustee since 2011
Senior Entomologist, Royal Horticultural Society. Andrew has been an entomologist with the
RHS for more than thirteen years, gaining a PhD from Imperial College on the lily beetle (Lilioceris lilii) in 2008 as part of that
role. Andrew’s primary interests are Coleoptera (beetles), garden ecology and pest management. In addition to providing advice on
garden animal related matters, a major part of Andrew’s current work involves co-ordinating the design and management of the invertebrate
sampling protocols for the Plants for Bugs project and managing web (citizen science) surveys of four non-native garden pests.
Caroline Ware Trustee since 2010
Caroline is Wildlife Gardener and Ecologist at the Natural History Museum, in charge of their
superb Wildlife Garden. News about the garden can be read on the Museum website and regular wildlife garden blog. Caroline was
a founder member of the Forum and on its Steering Group since 2005, and has played host to many of our most successful conferences.
She is an Implementation Member of The London Biodiversity Partnership. Caroline is a licenced Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor and contributes
data regularly to BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme and is an active member of the Kent Bat Group.
Dr Ken Thompson Trustee since 2010
Ken has retired from his Senior Lectureship at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at Sheffield
University. An international expert in seed science, he was a leader in the seminal “Biodiversity in Urban Gardens (BUGS)” project
which has firmly established the significance of ordinary British gardens for biodiversity. He is a founder member of the Forum and
on its Steering Group since 2005, and played a major role in considering research needs and in the design of the current “Plants for
Bugs” project at RHS Wisley. Ken is a prolific and engaging author, with popular titles on garden ecology including “The Book of Weeds”,
“An Ear to The Ground: Understanding Your Garden”, “Compost” and the brilliant “No Nettles Required - the reassuring truth about wildlife
Peter Frost Advisor. Trustee 2010-2013
Pete is Senior Urban Officer/ Uwch Swyddog Trefol for Cyfoeth
Naturiol Cymru (Natural Resources Wales - until 2013 the Countryside Council for Wales) , and he is a founder Forum and Steering Group
member since 2005. He is also a member of the Urban Forum of the UNESCO UK Man and the Biosphere Committee. Pete has helped fund the
Forum through CCW, and has been a significant contributor to effective consultation with Forum Members.
Marc Carlton Trustee since 2012
Marc is a private gardener who has been passionate about plants and gardens since he was a small boy.
It took him many years to fully understand that flowers did not evolve for the benefit of humans but simply as a means to facilitate
pollination, but for the last decade or so learning about the relationship between flowers and their pollinators and trying to spread
that knowledge more widely among gardeners has been a main focus of his interests. He worked for many years in a variety of roles
in the Civil Service, mainly to do with policy and statistics.
Adrian Thomas Trustee since 2012
Adrian is the RSPB's face and voice of gardening for wildlife, author of RSPB Gardening for
Wildlife and monthly columnist for Garden Answers magazine. But most importantly he is a passionate, hands-on wildlife gardener! Particular
interests are: how to engage and inspire the general public; the value of garden plants for wildlife; how to dispel the myth that
wildlife garden has to be messy; and how to integrate wildlife gardening with all the other things that people want their gardens