Dr Andy Salisbury is the new RHS Head of Plant Health 

Dr Salisbury celebrates 25-years at the RHS, in a career dedicated to advancing knowledge of garden biodiversity and plant health and understanding how to create gardens that are full of life.

Dr Andy Salisbury as the new Head of Plant Health at the RHS

Led by Dr Salisbury, the RHS Plant Health team will continue to spearhead vital initiatives and research efforts to deliver the Biodiversity Positive Target of the RHS Sustainability Strategy, maintaining vibrant and resilient RHS gardens and gardens nationwide. This encompasses evidence-led work to combat emerging threats to plant health, fostering sustainable practices, and empower all gardeners through teaching, training advice and engagement. The amazing diversity of life which gardens support is reflected in the team’s work. Projects range from investigating ways to mitigate garden problems such as root rots, rose black spot, powdery mildews, box tree moth and plant parasitic nematodes, to researching the true role of our garden slugs, and the best way to support pollinators, other wildlife and fungi in gardens. This is in addition to helping ensure that the RHS Gardens and Shows, and UK gardens as a whole, remain safe from new biosecurity threats and provide a haven for both people and wildlife.

Dr Andy Salisbury said: “I am excited to assume the role of Head of Plant Health at the RHS. In an era of ever-increasing plant health challenges, I am committed to working with our dedicated team of experts to provide gardeners with the knowledge, tools, and support to protect their plants and create thriving garden environments for biodiversity. I am especially proud as this new role comes as I celebrate 25 years at the RHS, and I am eager to continue our mission of championing plant health, supporting wildlife and the joys of gardening.”