Helen Monger joins from HLF, alongside new chair Ed Ikin

Helen Monger
Helen Monger

Independent charitable body the London Parks & Gardens Trust, has appointed Helen Monger as first ever paid director.

The trust was established in 1994 to promote London’s historic green spaces for public enjoyment, launching the commercially successful Open Garden Squares Weekend in 1998. A Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant in early 2015 allowed the trust to undertake a strategic review; its long-term vision is to be the leading organisation and advocate for London’s green spaces and historic landscapes.

Helen joins after 20 years at the HLF. She is also chair of the Kennington Oval and Vauxhall Forum currently working towards a neighbourhood plan, including protecting the Oval gasholders and seeking a new park or square.

Commenting on her appointment, Helen said: ‘I am very excited about joining London Parks & Gardens Trust at this crucial time. I can’t wait to champion the trust’s aims and promote enjoyment, understanding and increased access to all of London’s green spaces. We’ll be working with partner organisations to advocate for the conservation, management and maintenance of London’s parks, squares, and community gardens.’

Joining the trust at the same time as its new chair is Ed Ikin, head of landscape and horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Wakehurst estate in West Sussex. He said: ‘Over the coming months, the trust intends to increase its advocacy work – championing the value of London’s green spaces and historic landscapes for public health and well-being, environmental and sustainability benefits as well as their economic value. We want to work closely with our partners in the green space, gardens and historic landscape world to promote this message.’

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