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Who We Are

Chloe Bennett, Chair SGLH

Chloe Bennett

Chair SGLH
2018 – present

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Chloe, a landscape historian, was on the GHSS committee in the 1990’s and was Events Secretary and a Board member of the Garden History Society in the early 2000’s. Since moving back to Scotland in 2013 she has volunteered in our very own Glorious Gardens project in Lanark, helping to research and record non-designated historic gardens and designed landscapes. Chloe’s interests include public parks and twentieth century landscapes. Chloe and her husband enjoy visiting historic gardens and landscapes and growing vegetables in their Lanark Garden. Chloe also enjoys visiting art galleries, and she and her husband are kept busy running a second-hand book business.
Christopher Dingwall, Trustee and Vice-Chair SGLH

Christopher Dingwall

Trustee and Vice-Chair
SGLH
2015 – present

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Christopher is an independent heritage consultant and lecturer on garden history and conservation. He was Conservation Officer for the Garden History Society in Scotland from 1992 to 2004 and since then has been our Honorary Research Adviser.
Robert Luther, Trustee and Hon. Treasurer SGLH

Robert Luther

Trustee and Hon. Treasurer GHSS 2013 – 2015 and Trustee and Hon. Treasurer SGLH 2015 – present

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Having spent his entire career abroad, Bob felt that it was time to come home. His first job was as a Russian linguist and his last as Director of Administration in the WTO. He finds working with the SGLH team enormously stimulating.

Email: treasurer@sglh.org

Sarah Barron, Trustee SGLH

Sarah Barron

Trustee SGLH
2015 – present


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Sarah Barron is a Town Planner and Chartered Landscape Architect, and works as a consultant with a large architectural practice based in Edinburgh. Her work primarily includes urban design, regeneration projects, master planning and historic landscapes for public agencies, Local Authorities and private client companies across Scotland. She is a District Organiser and Trustee of Scotland’s Gardens and is a keen gardener and beekeeper.
Matthew Benians, Trustee SGLH

Matthew Benians

Trustee SGLH
2019 – present


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Matt is a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute with over 20 years experience in private practice. His interest include historic and designed landscapes, design and the environment. He is a Civic Trust Awards assessor, GIA Awards judge and West Dunbartonshire Council design panel member. He volunteers with Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK). He has also been a HLF PfP monitor, and RHS Grow-wild mentor. He is a founding member of Sco.Mo which was established to reveal and celebrate Modernist landscape architecture in Scotland.
Marilyn Brown, Trustee SGLH

Marilyn Brown

Trustee SGLH
2017 – present


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Marilyn Brown is a garden archaeologist and historian with a particular interest in Scottish gardens before 1750. She has now retired from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (now HES) where for many years she was responsible for aerial survey. She is the author of Scotland’s Lost Gardens and many articles relating to early Scottish gardens.
Judy Riley, Trustee SGLH

Judy Riley

Trustee SGLH 2018 – present, Trustee GHSSCT 2013 – 2014, Chair GHSS 2014 – 2015, and Chair SGLH 2015 – 2018

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Judy is a Landscape Architect with a longstanding and lively interest in contemporary garden design and its roots in history. She has lived in East Lothian for over 30 years.
Hannah Tweedie, Trustee SGLH

Hannah Tweedie

Trustee SGLH
2016 – present


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Hannah is a heritage consultant, working for a national planning and development consultancy. She has over ten years experience working as an archaeological and heritage consultant, during which time she has developed a particular interest in garden and landscape history. Away from work Hannah leads Guide and Ranger units in Granton, and enjoys knitting and other craft activities.

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