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The Royal Parks Guild Committee

We give our time and expertise to support London's Royal Parks and our industry

Our Story

The Guild was established by former Royal Parks Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Parks, Michael Fitt OBE and his wife Barbara.  It arose from an idea they had been thinking about for some time.  It was formally launched at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in 2006 with enthusiastic input and support from a group of former Royal Parks staff and Alan Titchmarsh as its Patron.  The support of the Royal Parks along with Historic Royal Palaces was crucial in its creation and establishment. 

Our Patron Alan Titchmarsh

Meet the Committee

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Mike Fitt OBE


Mike was formerly Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Parks for The Royal Parks, who on his retirement set up The Royal Parks Guild. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners.


Jennifer Adams OBE LVO AHRHS


Jennifer was formerly Director of Open Spaces for the City of London. She has a long association with the Institute of Horticulture, The Royal Horticultural Society and London Parks & The London Green Spaces Forum.


Matt Higham

Park Champion

Matthew trained as a Landscape Architect and previously worked in The Royal Parks as both client and contractor in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Brompton Cemetery. He is now Head of Landscape for the Crown Estate Paving Commission.


Andrew Warnes


Andrew spent twelve years at the Royal Parks within the Royal Parks Constabulary as a crime analyst before moving on to work as a risk analyst and project solutions consultant. Spending 6 years on a major government infrastructure project restarting projects that have stalled and ensuring they are completed.


Ruth Lin Wong Holmes


Ruth works for London Legacy Development Corporation as Head of Landscape and Public Realm at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford. She is a Chartered Landscape Architect, Fellow of the Landscape Institute and involved with other environmental organisations.


Adam Stoter

Apprenticeships and Events

Adam is an assistant park manager at The Royal Parks. Adam started his career at The Royal Parks as an agency gardener working in St James’s Park for Enterprise. He went onto the apprenticeship in Hyde Park and was awarded apprentice of the year in his final year. On completing his apprenticeship, he secured a skilled gardener role in Hyde Park, then a job as Technical Officer at Greenwich Park.


Roger Sygrave

Training and Apprenticeships

Roger formerly held the post of assessor for The Royal Parks’ Apprenticeship scheme dealing with the inner Royal Parks as horticultural assessor and coordinator for Capel Manor College, Enfield.


Richard Flenley

Research and Editorial - Park Champion

Richard is a Landscape Architect and formerly Chair of Land Use Consultants [LUC : Environmental Planning practice] and has worked as consultant to the Royal Parks since early 1980s.


Barbara Fitt


Barbara has spent many years working in the City as the PA for several chairmen and directors in various city companies. In retirement she is now secretary of The Royal Parks Guild.


Marjorie Dowbiggin

Deputy Treasurer

Marjorie was Treasurer for the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association for 11 years and remains a Trustee. She worked for 32 years for Nat West Bank and was also a volunteer at Capel Manor for over 30 years.


Geraldine King

Park Champion

Geraldine is the Garden Estate Manager for RHS Rosemore. She relocated to Devon in 2022. Prior to this she was Garden Estate Manager at Chiswick House and Garden, and managed parks for the City of London and The Royal Parks. She is also a Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Judge.


Nigel Thorne

Co-opted Committee Member (Strategic Review)

A senior management executive enabling the achievement of full business potential through executive-level leadership and collaboration. Past-president of the Landscape Institute. Adjunct Professor & Director of Studies.


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