Sadly, Elizabeth passed away in August 2020. She will long be remembered and missed by those of us who knew her for her wise counsel; encyclopaedic knowledge of the history and background of the organisation; willingness to share her views and knowledge; and for her contribution to the CEPC.
Elizabeth Watson served as a Commissioner for 21 years between 1987 and 2008 and during her long term of office was actively involved in many important CEPC decisions and developments that have advanced both the organisation itself and the landscape of Regent’s Park – the part of London that has been close to her heart for such a long time.
The CEPC’s gardens and its gardening staff have always been a particularly high priority for Elizabeth. She was a founding member of the Gardens Committee and remains a member today, even after her retirement as a Commissioner.
Elizabeth’s keen interest in the historical roots of the CEPC, its estate and gardens, has undoubtedly enhanced the CEPC’s decision making, while her research and knowledge of the CEPC’s archives and minute books have often proved invaluable in ensuring that the lessons of the past are reflected in the solutions found to the problems of today.