David is the Curator of the Living Collection, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh [RBGE]. Previously he was the Curator of Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, and Garden Supervisor at Logan Botanic Garden, Head Gardener Castle Kennedy Gardens, Assistant Head Gardener National Trust for Scotland’s [NTS] Brodick Castle Garden, Isle of Arran spent a year at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania. He studied at Threave Gardens [NTS], and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and started his career at Branklyn Garden [NTS] Perth. He is currently involved in RBGE’s contribution to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) Target 8 project work in Scotland and has undertaken fieldwork in China, Japan, Korea, and Nepal. He is a member of the RHS Bursaries Committee, the RHS Woody Plant Committee, the National Tree Collections of Scotland, the UK Plant Collections Working Group and the Forestry Commission’s Westonbirt and Bedgebury Advisory Committee, and is currently President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.
This research investigated plant biosecurity risks from site visitors, tools & equipment, and large machinery. In addition to reviewing published guidance, UK businesses and organisations were engaged via questionnaires and interviews to explore how these aspects of biosecurity are understood and what procedures may be in place to address them.