Tributes pour in for well-known broadcaster 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 has been inundated with tributes after the sad news last week that former colleague and well-known broadcaster Sarah Chesters had passed away. 

Sarah had 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 on free school workshops as well as coordinating hundreds of short courses and demonstrations for adults to learn new skills. 

Her legacy includes developing the schools programme from just outside learning to a temporary log cabin classroom, to the opening of the state-of-the-art Learning Centre in 2012 with its two fully equipped classrooms, full time teachers and volunteers. 

In 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. 

A spokesperson for RHS Rosemoor commented: “We are very sad to share the news of the passing of former colleague and well-known broadcaster, Sarah Chesters. 

“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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Tributes to Sarah have been flowing in from colleagues and teachers alike, sharing above all Sarah’s kind, patient and inspiring ways of working with people, especially children. She will be missed tremendously by all that knew her. 

If you would like to share your thoughts of Sarah, please email them in to schoolsrosemoor@rhs.org.uk. 

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