Pioneering horticultural expert Derek Hargreaves sadly passed away in January 2022, at the age of 73.
Derek studied at Writtle University College in the1970s before launching a prestigious and varied career.
After working in several sectors of horticulture, he became an independent Horticulture Advisor who offered exemplary service to the industry over many years.
In 2020, Derek returned to Writtle to work on a Knowledge Transfer partnership Scheme funded by EIRA (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application).
He together with Nick Denham (also a former Writtle graduate) from iGrowing and Dr. Kami Baghalian (Senior Lecture in Crop Production) took a forward thinking approach to vertical growing systems.
Dr. Kami Baghalian worked with Derek for the past two years. He said: "Derek was an irreplaceable character. The UK horticultural industry has lost one of its champions."