One of the senior horticulturalists at award winning Simpsons Garden Centre, Inverness, has been recognised as a ‘Gardening Hero’ by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) for his work at the garden centre as well as his voluntary gardening work.
Graeme Heath, who has been with Simpsons for 10 years and trained at Blooms of Bressingham, also worked at Greens Nursery in Nairn, is a registered bee keeper and also dedicates a lot of his spare time to community gardens, most recently the Scottish National Trust garden at Brodie Castle.
Last year Graeme was involved with, along with Simpsons Plants Manager Dale Lainton, the development of the Highland Hospice Garden in Inverness. Working with the hospice team, the pair recommended plants and a design for the garden and Graeme then volunteered his time planting out trees and shrubs with in the garden.
Graeme was presented his Gardening Hero of the month award by his fellow colleagues.
Andrew Simpson, Simpsons Director said: “Congratulations to Graeme on receiving this recognition, as well as being an extremely knowledgeable and valued member of the outdoor horti team, the work he has done with the Highland Hospice is testament to his dedication to gardening and helping others”.
Graeme said: “This is such a surprise. I have a real passion for gardening and plants and love getting involved with the community. The Highland Hospice, is very close to my heart and this was such a lovely project to be involved with and I’m looking forward to helping again in the near future.”
The HTA has supported the UK garden industry for over 100 years, providing a vital forum for identifying and dealing with key garden industry issues and opportunities. The HTA represents the garden industry views to Government and is its voice in the media.