A service of thanksgiving will be held for Charles Notcutt on 11th September at Woodbridge Church in Suffolk at 2.30pm.
Charles Notcutt, who died in July, was always identified with and was enthusiastic about Woodbridge. He was involved in The Town Council 2009 – 2015, Chairman of the Amenities Committee and Chairman of Whisstocks Riverside Development Committee, culminating in Mayor of Woodbridge 2012 – 2013 (a position his grandfather had held in 1937). He was the first Chairman of Abbeyfield Deben Extra Care Society (which runs Highlands care home) 1980 – 1991 and President of Woodbridge Rotary Club in 1994. He was involved in founding Woodbridge Rugby Club and was its President in the 1970’s. He was naturally passionate about Woodbridge in Bloom, being twice President of the Woodbridge Horticultural Society. He was also on the initial committee of Woodbridge Museum. He was also Chairman of The Suffolk Agricultural Show in 1997.
Charles Notcutt was an inspirational and popular leader of the horticultural community, establishing and developing many trade bodies, as well as education and research in the field. He was instrumental in the rapid growth of Notcutts, which was founded as a family nursery business in 1897 by his grandfather. He pioneered Notcutts as a nationally known group of garden centres, always emphasizing their horticultural excellence. It remains the UK’s largest family-owned garden centre company, with 18 centres nationwide. During his leadership the company had much medal winning success at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, building on a successful family record since 1912, the start of the show.
Charles Roger Macpherson Notcutt was born in Ipswich in 1934, the only child of Roger Notcutt and wife Jean (nee) Macpherson. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and he joined the family firm in Woodbridge in 1958, the year the first garden centre in the country was opened by Notcutts in Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Notcutt received the prestigious Victoria Medal of Honour (one of only 63 at any one time, being the number of years in the reign of Queen Victoria). In 1993 he was awarded the OBE for his services to horticulture.
He is survived by his widow Gill Notcutt, his three children from his first marriage, and eight grandchildren.