The isle of Tiree
The isle of Tiree

Tour Manager


Alastair Walker
Alastair Walker

A native of Inverness with a rural background, Alastair’s knowledge of Scotland is wide ranging, from the Northern Isles and the Hebrides to Perthshire, Galloway and the Borders.

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Colin Crosbie
Colin Crosbie

Colin Crosbie was the Head Gardener to Her Majesty The Queen Mother in Windsor prior to taking up the position of Curator at RHS Garden Wisley, and is currently the President of the Scottish Rock Garden Club.

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Malcolm Cleal
Malcolm Cleal

A welcome new recruit to the Brightwater ranks, Malcolm Cleal was previously the Manager of Guernsey’s Parks and Gardens and has a vast horticultural and historical knowledge of the island’s parks, gardens, coastal and cliff areas.

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Clive Warsop
Clive Warsop

Clive Warsop is an environmental archaeologist who has lectured and tutored in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and has excavated sites in both Scotland and France.

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Julia Corden
Julia Corden

Julia Corden, formerly Garden Manager at the Explorer's Garden in Pitlochry and former President of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, has led numerous Brightwater tours to every corner of the globe.

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Kate Williamson
Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson is one of our most popular tour managers, largely on account of her obvious passion for Italy, her adopted country.

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Martin Gardner
Martin Gardner

As an expert in Chilean flora and a Trustee of Rainforest Concern, Martin is perfectly placed to showcase all that Chile has to offer having studied his craft in over 30 countries worldwide.

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Michael Gill
Michael Gill

Michael Gill is one of Brightwater’s most popular tour managers with a loyal following among regular guests.

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Mike Nelhams
Mike Nelhams

Mike Nelhams is the Curator of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens and one of Brightwater Holidays’ most popular and well-travelled garden experts.

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Peter Yeoman
Peter Yeoman

Peter Yeoman was, until recently, Head of Cultural Heritage at Historic Scotland, with responsibility for the archaeology and the knowledge base for the estate of 345 properties in their care.

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Tony Russell
Tony Russell

A former Head Forester at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tony Russell is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading authorities on trees and shrubs, having written 18 books and presented many programmes for both TV and radio.

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Trevor Edwards
Trevor Edwards

Award-Winning Garden Designer, Writer and Broadcaster Trevor Edwards in one of our busiest and most popular garden Tour Managers, and has led many garden tours around the world.

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Celebrity Guest


Christine Walkden
Christine Walkden

Christine Walkden first grew flowers and vegetables on her allotment aged ten to sell to her teachers and neighbours. During her career, she has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and has presented Gardeners’ World.

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Helen Yemm
Helen Yemm

Helen Yemm, is the author of The Telegraph’s gardening column, Thorny Problems.

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Tom Hart Dyke
Tom Hart Dyke

Tom was plant hunting in ‘The Darien Gap’ region of Colombia in 2000, an area that had been largely abandoned by all except warring guerrilla factions, when he and his travelling companion were kidnapped.

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Tony Russell
Tony Russell

A former Head Forester at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tony Russell is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading authorities on trees and shrubs, having written 18 books and presented many programmes for both TV and radio.

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Artist


Mike Turpie
Mike Turpie

Mike Turpie D.A. is a professional artist and teacher currently painting landscape and figure compositions.

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Expert


Jessica Grady

Jessica works from her home studio in West Yorkshire and creates colourful, 3D sculptures and wall art that encourages curiosity, playful tactility and combines traditional embroidery skills with modern materials and techniques.

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John Mitchell

John Mitchell has worked at RBGE for 37 years, the last 27 as Alpine Supervisor, responsible for managing the Alpine Department, which the Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Alpine Area and most recently the New Alpine House.

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Liz Bushell
Liz Bushell

Award-winning Liz Bushell has been a bespoke floral designer for over 20 years.

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Naomi Collick

Naomi has a BA was Oriental Studies (Japanese) from Oxford University and an MA in The History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia from SOAS.

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Other Guides


Kate Williamson
Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson is one of our most popular tour managers, largely on account of her obvious passion for Italy, her adopted country.

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