Horticultural journalist Peter Seabrook MBE will receive an Honorary Degree from Writtle University. Writtle alumni Mr Seabrook will get the award at the Graduation Ceremony on Friday 7 September at Chelmsford Cathedral.
He is being honoured for his role as an ambassador for the University College and his contributions to the horticulture industry. Mr Seabrook has worked as The Sun’s gardening editor for over 40 years and was a presenter on Pebble Mill at One on BBC 1, Gardeners World. He has been part of the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage and, for 20 years, Coast to Coast on PBS in North America.
He holds three RHS Awards:
- The Victoria Medal of Honour
- Associate of Honour
- The Harlow Carr Medal (for services to Northern Horticulture)
His activities include co-founding the BALI and the Garden Media Guild. He continues to inspire children to ‘grow their own’ through school gardening programmes.
He has maintained strong links with Writtle since completing his diploma in 1956. He has received a Fellowship in 1997 and, over many years, has continued to make contributions to the benefit of students. This has included being a regular visiting speaker. His most recent visit was in March 2017, when he was the headline speaker of a public evening lecture about the value of community horticulture.
Peter Seabrook said:
“My Commercial Horticultural course at Writtle provided a depth of knowledge and lasting friendships. This has proved invaluable throughout my working life.
“I am proud to receive this award and do so in the certain knowledge many people helped and supported me in the things I have achieved and am still able to do.”
Professor Tim Middleton, vice-chancellor of Writtle University College, said:
“We’re delighted to recognise Peter Seabrook for his promotion of the horticultural sector. He has done this in his work both as a well-respected gardening journalist and as a founding member of some of the key organisations. These offer many exciting opportunities for our graduates.
“Peter has been a fantastic ambassador for the University College. We thank him for enriching the learning of our students over many years.
“Our Graduation Ceremonies are always a proud day for our graduates as well as their friends, families and our staff. But, this year’s event is particularly special as we celebrate our 125th anniversary. Peter shows what it is possible to achieve with a Writtle qualification. We look forward to hearing of the successes of our graduates as they embark on their careers.”