Female chairman for the first time in society’s 162 years

Ruth Ingham is the new chairman of the Woodbridge Horticultural Society.

Ruth Ingham is the new chairman of the Woodbridge Horticultural Society. - Credit: Archant

Gardening enthusiasts have welcomed a female chairman for the first time in its 162-year history.

Ruth Ingham, 75, has replaced former chairman Peter Olliff at Woodbridge Horticultural Society.

Mrs Ingham has been a member of the society since moving to the town from Alderney in 2000, and has a background in horticulture, including being a florist in Australia.

On taking up the new role she said: “I think I shall enjoy it, I’m looking forward to it. I think I have a very good team behind me.

“There are quite a few new faces on the committee.”

Mrs Ingham’s new role will involve chairing the committee meetings and overseeing the monthly society meetings. She will also be working alongside the chairman of the show committee, preparing for this year’s show on July 5.

For information on joining the society call 01394 380195.