Our Patron & Presidents


Monty Don

“I am delighted and honoured to become Patron of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and wholeheartedly support the wide range of excellent work in conserving and celebrating Herefordshire’s astonishingly rich and varied wildlife."

Monty is a renowned writer and television presenter and the UK’s favourite gardener.

Monty first appeared on television in 1989 and has now presented gardening and travel programmes for over twenty years. He is the lead presenter for the BBC flagship programme Gardeners’ World which he now hosts from his home Longmeadow in Herefordshire. He also presents the Chelsea Flower Show coverage for BBC2 and Shared Planet for Radio 4 which explores the complex interface between a growing human population and wildlife.

Monty is a prolific journalist and was the Observer’s gardening editor from 1994 until 2006 and now writes regular columns for publications including Gardeners’ World Magazine. He has written over 20 books including the best selling Fork to Fork, The Sensuous Garden, The Jewel Garden (with Sarah Don), The Complete Gardener and The Road to Le Tholonet.

Monty is a committed organic gardener and was for many years the President of the Soil Association. He has worked with schools and groups of drug addicts to build respect and reward from working with the natural world. Monty has a strong belief in the importance of communities working together through an understanding and love of the land.


Lady Susan Darnley (Countess Darnley), Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire

Lady Darnley has lived and farmed in Herefordshire  since 1984. She served as a Magistrate for 28 years, becoming Chairman of the Family Panel, Chairman of the Hereford and Worcester Probation Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Worcestershire Ethics and Standards Committee. She is now involved in her local church, is a member of Hereford Diocesan Synod and serves on The Bishop's Council and the Hereford Cathedral Council as well as being President of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

Vice Presidents:

Mr Lawrence Banks CBE DL
Mr Edward Harley
Mr Tom Davies
Mrs Betty Winser