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Garden designer, writer and presenter Arit Anderson, joins the National Garden Scheme’s Board of Trustees 

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The National Garden Scheme is delighted to welcome garden designer, writer and presenter on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World, Arit Anderson to its Board of Trustees. Her appointment was approved by the board on Wednesday 17th March. 

Commenting on her appointment Chairman of the National Garden Scheme, Rupert Tyler said: 

I am delighted to welcome Arit onto the National Garden Scheme’s Board of Trustees. I know she will bring many qualities to our activities, not least her experience in the media and as a garden designer. Her arrival is perfectly timed as we have just launched a new Strategic Plan for 2021-25 which includes a number of priorities about which Arit is passionate, such as sustainability and access to gardens for everyone to benefit their health and wellbeing. 

Arit, whose successful gardening career followed 25 years working in retail fashion and creative events, said: 

‘‘Discovering the National Garden Scheme was a highlight in my gardens education, I had no idea of the scale of the organisation, its history and the extent of its charitable impact. I quickly became an admirer from the sidelines, especially since they have championed gardens and health. Their new plans are full of the kind of things that I really care about and so to be invited to become a Trustee is both a huge privilege and really exciting. 

About Arit Anderson 

Arit spent 25 years working in the dynamic industries of retail fashion and creative events. She managed teams that delivered collections and events across the globe. She balanced this fast-paced career with interests in well-being, working as a therapist and teaching holistic therapies, which led her to travel extensively to the USA. 

It was the joy of having her own garden that enabled Arit to diversify her creative experiences. She found that the visual nature of fashion and the healing properties of her therapies could beautifully meld in the garden. 

Playing with a new palette of colour and materials in her garden, drove her to explore the unique relationships between her love of plants, people and place. After just one season, Arit knew she wanted horticulture to become her work as well as her pleasure. 

She studied gardening at Capel Manor College and whilst there had success at RHS Chelsea 2013 winning the Fresh Talent category for a student design collaboration with two other students. After attaining a diploma in garden design, she won a Gold Medal for her own design at RHS Hampton Court in 2016 in the conceptual category. 

In her designs for both private and commercial clients her ethos includes simplicity and environmental sensitivity – affecting her choice of products and plants at source, with regard to their future setting. 

Working as presenter for Gardeners World and writing for national publications has enabled Arit to publicise issues about the future of gardening in an ever-changing climate, and promote solutions to the wider public.  www.aritanderson.com  

All media enquiries to vicky@ngs.org.uk 

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