It is with great sadness that we must record the passing of Charles Notcutt OBE, a charming, intelligent, driven stalwart of the Club who served as chairman of the House Committee and helped transform the catering and accommodation services, and much else besides.
Charles, who oversaw the rapid expansion of the Notcutts Garden Centers family business, brought to the Club a wonderful ability to steer committees with charm and great focus.
Born in Woodbridge in 1934, and educated in Edinburgh, horticulture was his passion. Charles organized numerous Club visits to the great gardens of England as well as both Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows.
He was on the governing bodies of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute, East Malling Research Station and John Innes Research Institute, and a Governor of Otley College in Suffolk and Writtle College in Essex. He was mayor of Woodbridge in 2012.
Charles was vice chairman of Perennial, formerly the Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society, a member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society, and a recipient of its Victoria Medal of Honour in Notcutts' centenary year of 1997. He was a member of the steering group for the formation of the Institute of Horticulture, and was its first treasurer and president.
His love of trees and travel came together when he was Chairman of the Tours Committee of the International Dendrology Society. He visited all seven continents, trekked to the foot of Mount Everest, and in recent years toured Chile, Cuba, Iran, Madagascar, Bhutan and Yunnan in China.
Charles received an OBE for services to the horticultural industry in 1993. He died peacefully at home on Tuesday 1st July. The Club extends its condolences to all his family.