RHS Rosemoor to create memorial planting for Sarah Chesters

Sarah had worked at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor for nearly 20 years

Sarah had worked at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor for nearly 20 years - Credit: Archant

RHS Rosemoor is hoping to create a memorial planting for much loved former colleague and well-known broadcaster, Sarah Chesters. 

Sarah worked at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Garden Rosemoor for nearly 20 years as the Education and Learning Manager, responsible for inspiring thousands of children through free school workshops as well as coordinating hundreds of adult learning courses. 

Her legacy includes developing the school visits programme from outside-only learning, to the opening of the state-of-the-art Peter Buckley Learning Centre in 2012 with its two fully equipped classrooms, teaching terrace and an exhibition room. 

She was a well-respected member of the team at Rosemoor, and shared her vast knowledge and enthusiasm for horticulture generously with everyone. 

n 2019, Sarah and her team welcomed over 6,000 schoolchildren from across the whole region. It is near the Learning Centre that the garden team at Rosemoor are going to create a memorial planting to include one of her favourite flowers – snowdrops.  


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A spokesperson for RHS Rosemoor commented: “Sarah was extremely well respected both by colleagues here at the RHS and by the general public as can be seen by the flood of tributes being received.” 

“At Rosemoor, she used her horticultural knowledge to work with the garden team to develop a full program of short courses, demonstrations and workshops for adults of levels of gardening expertise. But her true legacy will be the way that she engendered a love of plants with grass roots teaching to primary and secondary schools across the entire region - a fundamental aspect of our work as a charity”, said Jon Webster, Curator at RHS Garden Rosemoor. 

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RHS Rosemoor would like to create a memorial planting for Sarah. Funds would be used to further plant and enhance the gardens around the Learning Centre, including bulbs under the large oak tree. Beginning with snowdrops, one of her favourite flowers, other plants and bulbs can be added later in the season. 

If you would like to donate towards the purchase of plants and bulbs for this project, you can do so using this link, https://support.rhs.org.uk/donate.aspx?appealcode=IMSTRBSC12, until Friday, March 12, 2021. 

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