A distinguished writer on gardening, Ursula read History at Cambridge and was then trained in Horticulture at Kew and at Wisley. She is the author of 13 books including two which are compilations of her journalism. All have been well received, in particular The English Garden, which was published in November, 2006. Garden People -Valerie Finnis and the Golden Age of Gardening (Thames and Hudson 2007) won the Enthusiasts’ Book of the Year from the Garden Writers’ Guild. The English Garden (Frances Lincoln) was a great critical success. In 1987 she presented Village Show, two six-part Channel 4 series of gardening programmes. In 2007, she was closely involved with planning and laying out a garden at the Chelsea Flower Show (‘The Transit of Venus’) for her old college, New Hall, Cambridge. The garden was popular with both critics and the public and won a Bronze medal from the RHS. Her most recent book is A Green and Pleasant Land: How Britain’s Gardeners Fought the Second World War is published by Hutchinson.