Sue Biggs

More women get RHS top jobs

Yesterday I wrote about the appointment of Elizabeth Banks as the new President of the RHS and it was lovely to see her on the BBC's coverage of the Hampton Court Flower Show last night with Joe Swift. But it shouldn't go unrecorded that two other top jobs at the RHS have also recently gone to women.

Sue Biggs will become the RHS's Director General from September.  Sue brings thirty years' experience in the leisure industry to the RHS as well as a passion for gardening.

And up at Harlow Carr, the RHS's garden in the North, Elizabeth Balmforth becomes not only the first female in the society's history to hold such a post, but at 34, also the youngest. Elizabeth trained at Hadlow College, in Kent and has been at Harlow Carr since 2003. Among other things, Elizabeth aims to promote the longevity of planting schemes, and to create new reflective bodies of water to ensure the garden can cope with flash flooding.