Plant Heritage in-person & Zoom talk: Biodiversity & Sustainability: a talk by Prof Alistair Griffiths

Date: Thursday 14 November 2024

Club: Plant Heritage, Surrey Group (NCCPG)

Contact: Wendy Bentall

Phone: 01276-858256


This event takes place in person at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Churchgate House, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3EJ, and also simultaneously by Zoom. Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm GMT start. For in-person attendees, plant Heritage meetings include a plant sale, raffle, refreshments, and Flower of the Meeting competition. Suggested donation for non members £5. Please send all enquiries and Zoom invitations to

Alistair Griffiths, RHS Director of Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and a board member on PlantNetwork. Alistair has a background in both horticulture and science. He started his horticultural education at Myerscough College. He moved to the University of Reading to attain Botany, BSc, and in 2001

a Botany PhD. Prior to the RHS he spent a decade managing a team as Head Scientist at the world-famous Eden Project in Cornwall as they tackled unique horticultural challenges that life in the biomes threw their way.

Alistair leads a highly skilled team of scientists who are focused on assimilating and evaluating the most current scientific knowledge and undertaking scientific research that provides high-quality evidence-based advice and solutions to address horticultural challenges so as to foster and improve beginner, amateur and professional gardening experiences. Alistair is responsible for ensuring that the RHS charity remains at the forefront of horticulture science. Alistair loves to inspire, motivate and engage people about the role of plants and horticulture in benefitting the environment and our health and wellbeing. His ambition is to build a more resilient gardening community who enjoy their gardens whilst reducing their impact on the planet.