The Bedfordshire Head Gardeners Network is a Bedfordshire Gardens Trust initiative bringing together gardeners across the county on a regular basis to offer a collaborative approach to caring for Bedfordshire’s green spaces. The overall objective is to provide a supportive forum to share experiences, ideas and challenges which affect the head gardeners in their local environments - and to address wider issues affecting the horticultural industry as a whole, such as climate change, skills and training. With access to up-to-date information and new thinking, our head gardeners are better able to help their sites to thrive.
The network celebrated its first anniversary in February 2019, with several outcomes already addressing the needs of head gardeners working within different environments with varying levels of support. The network facilitates regular contact between the head gardeners, and enables assistance to be provided where it is most needed. It also allows for conversations to develop between Bedfordshire Gardens Trust committee members, whose mission it is to protect landscapes and green spaces across the county, historic and otherwise, and the head gardeners who are at the very heart of their custodianship.