In memory of Peter Seabrook

January 2022

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Gardening writer and broadcaster Peter Seabrook has passed away aged 86.

The former BBC Gardeners' World presenter and pioneering horticulturalist inspired generations of horticultural students and made an impressive mark within the industry.

Peter studied at Writtle University College, completing a diploma in Commercial Horticulture in 1956.  

His influence within the horticulture sector was well documented - both in the UK and around the world.

Peter spent over 40 years as The Sun's Gardening Editor, writing more than 2000 columns. He was a presenter on BBC1's Pebble Mill at One, the BBC's Chelsea Flower Show coverage and, for around two decades, Coast to Coast for PBS in North America.

He was awarded the MBE in 2005 and was the only person in Britain to hold the Victoria Medal of Honour, the RHS Associate of Honour and the Harlow Carr Medal for services to horticulture.

A Chelmsford resident, Peter retained close links with Writtle University College throughout his career. He was awarded a Fellowship in 1997, supported the creation of 'Seabrook Scholars' and held many well attended guest lectures for students.

In 2018, Peter accepted an honorary degree from Writtle University College in recognition of his contributions to the horticultural industry.

His work and enthusiasm made him a popular figure with both students and staff at Writtle University College, as well as gardeners world-wide.