Cherrill Sands is a consultant garden historian with an MA in the Conservation of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens from the Architectural Association, London. She has worked at Painshill, as a volunteer, since 1993, and as a member of staff since 2004. She is a Representative Member for Painshill Park Trust, currently working in the archives. In 2013 she undertook a Lecture Tour of the USA for Painshill, presenting talks in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.
Other work includes teaching for Adult Education and presenting talks on garden history and theatre studies. Once a trained dancer she now enjoys developing talks on the history and analysis of ballet and dance – even managing to combine the two passions with ‘Theatres in Gardens’ and ‘Gardens in Dance’.
She has been a member of Surrey Gardens Trust for over twenty five years and is a former Chair and member of Council; she remains one of the Research and Recording team. Cherrill enjoys discovering the endless variety of gardens around the world and all aspects of garden design- while trying to impose some order on her own patch of ground at home.