Eager to keep diversity at the top of the agenda – and to find out exactly how our associations are addressing the lack of it in the industry – our September issue delved into how horticulture can be more inclusive, and why it perhaps hasn’t appealed in the past. Juliet Sargeant wrote a foreword to the feature, arguing that we can’t keep saying “it will take time to change” – the time for change is now.
We also showcased a project built by Ground Control to support and thank our key workers. The NHS Tranquillity Gardens were originally destined for the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London, but after this was stood down, their destination changed to Newham Hospital, where they now provide serene spaces for staff, patients and visitors.
In what has likely been one of the most difficult years in the RHS’ history, Sue Biggs marked a decade as director general of the organisation; 2020 might have brought huge challenges and obstacles, but Sue has continued to overcome them and the RHS has plenty to look forward to in 2021.
In other association news, BALI announced its new chairman, Richard Kay of Green-tech, via an online AGM; and [email protected] revealed the winners of its annual awards with a virtual ceremony. (2020 was all about ‘firsts’, wasn’t it?)