Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, people that are making waves in their chosen careers in the land-based sector and beyond.

Click on the image below to go the Black History Month website for some really interesting articles:

Arit AndersonArit Anderson

Garden Designer, Writer & Television Presenter -

Arit studied at Capel Manor College.

Whilst here Arit had success at the 2013 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, winning the Fresh Talent category for a collaborative student design.

After attaining a diploma in garden design, Arit won Gold Medal in the Conceptual Garden category for her own design at the 2016 RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

Arit also works as a presenter on BBC Gardeners World, and writes for national publications.

Working in media enables Arit to publicise the future of gardening in an ever-changing climate, and to promote environmental solutions.

Arit's Ethos: In her designs for both private and commercial clients, include simplicity and environmental sensitivity. This affects the choice of products and plants at source, and a regard to their future setting.

Read more about Arit

Danny ClarkeDanny Clarke

Garden Designer -

Danny is a self-confessed "friend of the earth".

Danny is not only an experienced horticulturist, but also an established TV presenter and expert presenting at the  RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

'I went on a course and I said, "I’ve been thinking about calling myself The Black Gardener".

The guy nearly fell off his chair.

He said "if you get nothing else out of today you must change your name to The Black Gardener… it’s tongue in cheek but also there’s a serious message behind it if you choose to find it".

Read more about Danny

Hazel GardenerHazel Gardiner

Floral Designer -

Hazel is known for her innovative arrangements for weddings, events, editorials and more, and is passionate about using British flowers and sustainable floristry methods.

She studied Fashion Journalism and Broadcast at the London College of Fashion after which, Hazel worked in music television production.

The hours were long and the stress high and after a cancer diagnosis, she was forced to reassess her priorities.

Flowers, nature, and the outdoors gave gave Hazel so much solace and enrichment before, during and after her  illness.

This magnified my resolve to work in horticulture and specifically with flowers.

Read more about Hazel

Mandisa GreeneMandisa Greene

President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Dr. Mandisa Greene President in 2020. This made her the first person from a minority ethnic background to be elected President in its 175-year history.

Speaking on diversity within the veterinary profession: "Growing up in Trinidad, I was used to seeing veterinary surgeons and veterinary staff who looked like me, so it never occurred to me that this was a profession that could be inaccessible".

When Mandisa returned to the UK, she saw that being a veterinary surgeon from an ethnic minority was seen as unusual and she realised that as a result, young people from minority backgrounds might not consider a veterinary career".

Quote: "I am a strong believer that when you can see it, you can be it".

Read more about Mandisa

Zephaniah LindoZephaniah Lindo

Royal Horticulture Society Training Development Officer, Horticulture Lecturer, & Television Presenter

Originally Zephaniah enrolled in the College to enhance his horticulture business.

Zephaniah then stayed on to become a passionate and knowledgeable lecturer inspiring many past students.

He has gone on to become a well known presenter on BBC Gardeners World

Zephaniah won Bronze at the 2016 RHS Chelsea Flower Show called Beans Beans that commemorated the International Year of the Pulse.

Zephaniah is now the Resource Development Lead for the Royal Horticultural Society School Gardening Campaign.

Read more about Diversity in Horticulture

Navaratnam PartheebanNavaratnam Partheeban

Dairy Specialist Veterinarian & Equality Campaigner

Navaratnam is currently researching the promotion and support needed for ethnic minority individuals to consider entering the agricultural, farming and veterinary sectors, at the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust.

Navaratnam is also a Dairy Technical Specialist at Phibro Animal Health studying intensive dairy production in both the United States and China.

He has a wide experience in veterinary practice, the pharmaceutical industry, and higher education. Navaratnam also breeds and raises his own flock of sheep.

In 2018 he authored a Talking Point column for Farmers Weekly that called for the breakdown of the remaining ethnic barriers in agriculture, which predictably caused a backlash on social media.

He is a member of the British Veterinary Ethnicity & Diversity Society, which support those working in  veterinary professions with any issues of race, ethnicity, diversity and discrimination.

Watch Navaratnam Talking About Racism

Juliet SargeantJuliet Sargeant

Gold Medal Winner Chelsea Flower Show -

In 2016 Juliet became the first black female designer in 103 years of RHS Chelsea Flower Show to win gold.

She won Gold with her social campaign Modern Slavery Garden.

Juliet’s previous career in hospital medicine, informed her approach to designing gardens and to communicating the importance of landscapes to our health and well-being. She is now a garden designer and TV presenter.

In 2017 Juliet was made a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers for her contribution to garden design and horticulture.

She creates truly individual spaces, which help people to connect with the landscape and to enjoy the full potential of gardens. Juliet fully believes that access to good quality green space is a priority for healthy living and happy communities.

Quote: "People in the last few years have been asking why there aren’t more women garden designers, and the same with young people, but to date nobody has really asked the question about the absence of ethnic minorities and different cultures".

Read more about Juliet

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