DR HEATHER BAR­RETT-MOLD

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWYEAR’S HONOURS -

DR HEATHER Bar­ret­tMold has been ap­pointed an OBE for ser­vices to Hor­ti­cul­ture, Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion.

Dr Bar­rett-Mold moved to the Chilterns with her hus­band in 1978, choos­ing a ru­ral spot be­tween Great Mis­senden and Wen­dover.

They lived next to a 25 hectare wood­land na­ture re­serve which the cou­ple man­aged for decades. They have also had a long stand­ing in­volve­ment in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust and she has been ap­pointed to the Chilterns Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty Con­ser­va­tion Board.

Dur­ing her ten­ure as pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Hor­ti­cul­ture, Dr Bar­rett-Mold was in­stru­men­tal in gain­ing a Royal Char­ter for the body.

She has also been in­volved in ed­u­ca­tion through­out her work­ing life and con­tin­ues to teach on a part-time ba­sis. In the past she has been prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Per­shore Col­lege, a vast land­based, high-tech in­sti­tute where sub­jects in­clude hor­ti­cul­ture, agri­cul­ture, floristry, an­i­mal wel­fare and vet nurs­ing.

She has also ad­vised the gov­ern­ment on sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment ed­u­ca­tion and was later in­volved in the Com­mis­sion for a Sus­tain­able Lon­don 2012.

“It was a real sur­prise when I re­ceived the let­ter three weeks be­fore the new year ask­ing if I would ac­cept the hon­our. I still don’t know who nom­i­nated me,” she said.

“So many peo­ple got in touch to say they’re re­ally happy for me. I think it was well de­served recog­ni­tion for the horticultural sci­ences.”

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