About Mark Richardson – botanic gardens consultant
Horticultural research and tree management
From the late 1970s when I finished my Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the Australian National University until the mid 1980s, I worked with City Parks in Canberra. Over that time, my work included basic horticulture, horticultural research and horticultural/arboricultural management. The research for my Master of Science concerned the growth of eucalypts in urban plantations and an involvement in tree management has continued throughout my career.
Botanic gardens and living collections
Since the mid 1980s I have been working with botanic gardens of international renown throughout Australia, Asia and the Middle East. It has involved providing expert advice and assistance on the development and maintenance of botanical displays and collections including those associated with animal displays. This work has frequently involved developing botanical displays from the start and has often required assisting in the development of interpretation plans. It has included particular experience in the development of collections of indigenous threatened species and plants at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the Alice Springs Desert Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Jordan and the Oman Botanic Gardens.
Having been the co-founder of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation and the Indonesian Network for Plant Conservation, as well as developing the endangered species collection at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, I have had a wide experience in plant conservation. This experience includes 4 years as the Director Middle East and Asia for Botanic Gardens Conservation International’s (BGCI) “Investing in Nature” Program being responsible for the management of a very wide range of projects in very different regions. In addition, the experience I have gained in bushland regeneration and management in a diverse range of vegetation communities in both temperate and arid zones has enabled me to provide expert advice on the successful restoration of indigenous plant communities.
Facilitating botanical programs and meetings
Over the past 25 years, I have been responsible for the facilitation of a wide range of programs and meetings. These have included close involvement in the organisation and running of the first national plant conservation meetings in Australia, Indonesia and India and the first regional botanic gardens meetings in East Asia and for the countries of the Arab League. As the Curator of botanic gardens, Director of an international conservation program and a consultant it has involved me in the initiation, organisation and running of a wide range of training workshops with regards to plant conservation, the development of plant collections and the management of botanical displays.
All of the advice and assistance that I provide is based on extensive experience and leading positions held in relevant fields.
My knowledge and experience ensures that contracts are expertly managed from their inception to the delivery of the final report.
I am committed to:
- Effective client liaison throughout the duration of the project
- Integrity, objectivity, ethical practices and accuracy
- Consistent financial and time management
Through my career, including working with Botanic Gardens Conservation International, I have developed an extensive network of professional contacts throughout Australasia, Asia and the Middle East. I am a lifetime member and committee member of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.
I am covered by:
- Public Liability Insurance
- Professional Indemnity Insurance
- Personal Travel and Accident Insurance