Cath Weeks is Learning Manager for the East England Forest District (Forestry Commission), based at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, and a member of the BGEN committee.
How long have you been working with plants and the natural world?
I’ve been working in environmental education for 20 years, helping people to connect to the natural world whether it’s in a nature reserve, someone’s garden, a tree collection or a specimen in a museum.
Why is helping to connect people and plants important to you?
Even in today’s highly technological society, we still rely on trees and plants for our survival. If we forget that, we’re scuppered.
Tell us about a project you’re really proud to have been involved in.
I’m genuinely proud to be working with the team at Bedgebury’s National Pinetum who carry out international conifer conservation across the globe. It’s a pleasure to introduce the public to the team’s work and enthusiasm.
Finally, what is your favourite plant?
You can’t beat a Scots pine in the evening sun.