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Honourable Terry Leonard UnderhillM Hort(RHS)NDH. F.C.I.Hort.,


Horticulturist, Naturalist, T.V.Presenter / Producer, Broadcaster, Author/writer, 

Lecturer, Tour Leader, Training Officer and Consultant.


                            E-mail - terry@terry-underhill.co.uk

Born 28 Mar 1938, Leyton, London, but able to develop an interest in outdoor life. Married in 1960 to Dorothy, a qualified horticulturist. Have 3 sons: Philip, Richard & Duncan (Died 6th Nov 2010).


Primary schooling in London and Birmingham Junior School.

Central Grammar School, Birmingham.
Apprentice at Birmingham Parks Department.

QUALIFICATIONS                                                 TOP

M Hort(RHS)NDH - General --- Master of Horticulture (1961),

F C.I Hort --- Fellow Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Training Officer Diploma (1967)
Member (rtd) - Garden Writers' Guild.
Honorary member - Heather Society of Great Britain.
Honorary Chairman - S.Devon Alpine Garden  Society (Hon. Sec. 34 years). Certificate of Honour.
Chairman - Local (Dartington) Natural History Society (1964-2008)
President - Devon District English Folk Dance and Song Society (1987-
Founder - Dartington Morris Men for past 51 years. (1968-
Treasurer (rtd.) - Local Labour Party.
Member (rtd.) - Devon Magistrate Committee and Regional Magistrate Selection Board.
Director - Fairlight Picture Slide Library
Gardening Editor - Devon Life and Cornwall Life - Archant  (rtd)
Chairman - Totnes U3A - University of the Third Age (2014-18)
Trustee - Rattery Environment Group (2018-

CAREER                                                                       TOP

1954 Apprenticed to the Birmingham Parks Department becoming Foreman of Rookery Park, (while still an apprentice) with a staff of 20.

1960 Joined the staff of Liverpool University Botanic Gardens, Ness, as Propagator and then appointed Botanical Foreman.
1964 Appointed Superintendent of Grounds & Gardens, Dartington Hall Trust.  A position held for 16 years.
1981 Contracted as a Freelance to research and present a weekly half hour gardening programme for Television South West. For a period of eleven years 553 separate programmes were recorded, which were often transmitted twice in a week, These programmes were also transmitted on Anglia TV. and some programmes, (pirated), have also been shown in New Zealand, North America, Canada, Holland, Germany, Scotland and Ulster. I was also responsible for the programme educational fact sheet and replies to viewer's queries.
1993 Scripted and presented a 75 minute VHS video on gardening for the Ideal Home magazine.
1993 Contracted as the 'residential' gardener, to appear weekly for Wire TV (United Artists) the United Kingdom television cable network contractor - a position ended May 1995 due to sale of franchise to Live TV - Mirror Group..
1993 Contracted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (South) to research, produce, present, record and edit a 10-15 minute weekly gardening and wild life radio programme.
1993 Contracted to write weekly on gardening and related subjects for major provincial, South West and Eastern Counties newspapers.
1993-2007 Adviser on gardening and 'Waterwise to South West Water.
1995 Contracted as Fairlight Production to present and produce two gardening programmes a week for Gemini Radio - Devon
1995 Work with 196 Productions Ltd.- Wildlife and gardening Videos - "Wildlife in the Garden" released 1997, and TV "World of Plants" and "English Gardens"
1995 Produced the publication 'Unicorn Island' written by Mary Bartlett.
1996 Formed Fairlight Picture Slide Library.
2000 Joined Greentours (Natural History Tours) as one of their leaders 
2001 Radio programme - BBC - Devon
2001-2008 Gardening Editor - Devon Life
2002 Appointed Eco-Consultant - Domaine Puberclaire, Provence, France (Hotel & Sports complex)
2018 Trustee Rattery Environement

EXPERIENCE                                                          TOP

Horticultural & Landscape -

Developed many of the major features at Liverpool University Botanical Gardens, Ness.
Planned and supervised the development and maintenance of the 35 acre Dartington Hall Gardens and other parts of the estate - (Housing estates, colleges, offices, commercial enterprises, playing fields and amenity areas).
Garden Design, planting schemes, and plant purchasing and supply.


Advisory -


Dealing with all Horticultural matters of the Dartington Hall Trust. Property at Dartington, N.Devon, Oxford and Greece.

Hudson Committee reports, OND and HND, College programmes.
Rehabilitation of ex-prisoners, disabled and handicapped in horticulture.
Dartington Amenity Research Trust (DART).
Countryside Commission.
Wild life and environment surveys.
Courage S.West and St. Austell Breweries.
Manning Advisory stands at Major Shows in West Country.
Judge at Major Shows in South West and RHS London.
Lecturing home and abroad, and after dinner speeches.
Waterwise consultant - South West Water
Gardening Editor Devon Life and Cornwall life 
Consultation and demonstrations for major garden centres.
Consultant - eco-project Domaine Puberclaire, Provence, France.

Education                                                        TOP

Director and Lecturer - Devising and running Dartington Horticultural Training Centre for School leavers (1 - 2 years residential).

Organising and lecturing Horticultural and other subject Courses.
Organising and leading Gardeners & Natural History Holidays.
Workshops for Manpower Services Commission.

Commercial -

Development and management of a Garden Centre, Market Garden Unit, and a Hardy Plant Nursery.

Computer system management.
On site garden , nursery and commercial consultancy.
Representing companies at shows and at nurseries or garden centres.
Advising South West Water - re "Waterwise" campaigns.

Publications -                                                  TOP

'Heaths and Heathers' (David & Charles / Drake [USA]) 1970 and 1990.

'Retirement' Co-editor.
'Magic Tree - Devon Plants' NCCPG - Co-editor.
Periodical articles - 'Amateur Gardening', 'BBC Gardener's World', 'Devon Life', 'Cornwall Life', 'Devon Today', Devon, Cornwall, Dorset & Somerset Country Gardener', 'Exotics', 'Garden Answers', 'Garden Calendar', 'Good Housekeeping', 'Homes and Gardens', 'Ideal Home', 'My Garden', 'Neighbourhood Watch', 'Practical Fishkeeping', 'The Lady', 'Watergardening', 'West Country Living', and many 'in-house' magazines.
Regular Newspaper articles - 'Western Morning News'.

Tours -

Leader of Botanical and Ornithological trips to Mountains of Europe and Gardens of Britain, and Botanical areas throughout the U.K., Australia (S.W), Austria, Belgium, Crete, Croatia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, U.S.A., and the Himalayas (India, Nepal and Sikkim). Visits to Australia, South Africa, N. and S. America, Botswana and Namibia, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Jordan, Mexico, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Yucatan.

Contracted to help correlate and lead Suttons Seeds 1996 Caribbean/Cunard Tour.
Morris and folk tours to N.America, Canada, Europe and many parts of the U.K.
Organise 'Gavin's Holidays' - annual wild life trips abroad (7-14 day) for keen natural history friends in the South West.
Leading tours for Greentours, Saga and Enterprise Holidays


Community -                                               TOP

Dartington Hall Trust Estate Chairman (4 years).

Justice of the Peace for 10 years (resigned because of present high profile occupation).
Member rtd. 1987-99 Devon Magistrates Committee and S.Devon  Selection Board.
At one time group leader and national officer (Social Activity) - Woodcraft Folk .
President, Devon Folk - English Folk Dance and Song Society - Devon
Patron Devon Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society
Patron Dawlish Gardens Trust
Parish Tree warden
Local Neighbourhood Watch officer
Member of a number of groups dealing with environmental matters including Genetical Engineering.


           Co-ordinator Rattery Soup Group                                                 



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