David Howell, the University’s Grounds and Gardens Superintendent, retired on Friday 16 July after nine years at the University.
David was responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the University’s 700 plus acres of grounds and sports fields, a job that he executed with great skill and dedication.
Ian Barker, the outgoing Estates Officer, paid tribute to David at a farewell presentation on Friday.
During David’s 50-year career in horticulture he has worked in a range of local organisations from the City of Birmingham Parks to Aston University.
Last year David and his wife Heather were invited to the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace. David remembers the event with great pride and was even allowed to take a cutting away with him as a momento!
In his retirement David will now be dedicating himself to his own garden as well as taking a active role in local horticultural and gardening clubs.
All of David’s many colleagues and friends within the University wish him all the best for a happy, fulfilling and well-deserved retirement.