Bryan Coode, from Carwinnick near Grampound, has been appointed the new chair of the National Garden Scheme in Cornwall.
Mr Coode has taken over the reins from William Croggon who held the position for fourteen years and whose tenure resulted in a significant increase in the charity’s friends and supporters and a steady expansion of the number of Cornish gardens participating in the scheme. Currently around £50,000 is raised annually in the county from the garden openings, with all proceeds donated to charities like Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The Coodes are one of Cornwall’s old families with a history spanning about 700 years. After starting his career with ten years service in the Army, Bryan went on to enjoy a number of high profile international management roles before returning to Cornwall in 1999. Since coming back, he spent six years as Chairman of the Cornwall Garden Society and is now the organisation’s Vice President with responsibility for grants to horticultural research and education. He has also been a Governor of Falmouth University, a Trustee of Trebah Gardens, Vice Chairman of the Cornwall Development Project managing Objective One funding for Cornwall’s gardens and is currently Chairman of the National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow.
“I feel very honoured to be appointed chair of NGS Cornwall and look forward to continuing to build on all that William Croggon achieved,” said Bryan. “I’m very fortunate to have an excellent, dedicated team of people working with me and hope that together we can continue to showcase a wide variety of Cornish gardens – encouraging even more local residents to pick up their trowels and make the most of their surroundings.”
This year, more than fifty gardens not usually open to the public will open their gates for charity – including Trematon Castle, near Saltash. A perfect miniature Norman castle, with a bailey and superb views, Trematon has been home to well-known garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman since 2012 and Father’s Day on Sunday 15 June this year will provide the perfect opportunity to see what they’ve been doing to create and plant a new type of Cornish garden.
For more information, visit http://www.ngs.org.uk/gardens-to-visit/visit-cornwall-gardens.aspx
Ends 19 January 2014
Photo: Bryan Coode who has just taken over as Chair of NGS Cornwall
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