The Royal Parks charity, which manages 5000 acres of historic parkland in the heart of London, has appointed Tom Jarvis as its new director of parks.
Jarvis joins The Royal Parks from the Windsor Estate, where he held the position of Superintendent of Parks for seven years.
No stranger to The Royal Parks, Jarvis first came to work for the parks in 1998 as a Horticultural Technician. This, before rising through the ranks to assistant park manager for Hyde Park. Later, he became park manager for Kensington Gardens. He holds a first-class honours degree in Landscape Management. He also has a first-class Masters in Environmental Management.
Jarvis will sit on The Royal Parks’ Board of Directors and will manage the parks teams and landscape contractors. He will also lead the development of organisation-wide parks strategies. This includes a landscape and a sustainability strategy, and a 10-year management plan for each park.
Commenting on his new role, Jarvis said:
“This is my dream job. I spent the formative years of my career at The Royal Parks. So it’s great to be back and see that colleagues still have the same passion, determination and tenacity that makes this charity so unique.
“Parks across the country are under increased pressure, in terms of rising visitors’ numbers. There’s also shrinking budgets and the ongoing battle with pests and diseases. I see it as my job to ensure that London’s eight Royal Parks continue to maintain their high standards of horticulture excellence. All this, whilst building on our 98% satisfaction rate with the public.”