Paul Bartlett – Garden Manager
Paul is responsible for the day to day management and maintenance of both the arboretum and the nursery; answerable to the Trustees of the charity. His many duties include:
– all stages of propagating and growing-on trees and herbaceous plants, general garden maintenance, garden landscaping, tree surgery, research into Betula and Alnus species, networking with other botanic gardens, National Collections and plantsmen, communicating with Plant Heritage, compiling of catalogues and garden literature, dealing with general enquiries from visitors and sales to customers.
Paul has studied the Birch and Alder trees in many countries.
In 2010 Paul took part in a plant study expedition to a very remote and previously unexplored region of Arunachal Pradesh, NE India under the leadership of Keith Rushforth. During this very productive expedition, they were able to confirm the presence of several species of plant not known to exist in that region.
In the autumn of 2012, Paul travelled to Georgia (Caucasus) to study the Birch and Alder of that region. Read his report of that expedition here. Summary of 2012 Plant study expedition to Georgia – website version
In 2013, Paul instigated a conservation project in Georgia in partnership with BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International) to protect the endangered Megrelian birch (Betula megrelica). This project involved fieldwork in Samegrelo in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and is ongoing. See more about the Georgia project here.