The Foundation aims to raise awareness of Samuel Ryder’s broader achievements in business, horticulture, public service, philanthropy and sport, to celebrate his character and his principles. Its main objective is to raise money to promote activities that further these values and continue achievements in his name.
The first main project the Foundation has in hand is to commemorate the man in his home city of St Albans, England, by commissioning a statue in a city centre position close to the Town Hall where he carried out many of his public duties as mayor.
Further activities the Foundation plans to raise funds for include:
Promoting golf and other sports for young people to improve their skills and motivation
Supporting the skill and learning of young people through greenkeeping courses and apprenticeships
Supporting young people though courses in horticultural research and practice
Supporting other individuals, organisations and events which further the objectives
The Foundation has already actively participated in the design of The Samuel Ryder Trail in St Albans, England. This was launched on 3rd June 2010 at the Comfort Hotel, St Albans (former head office of Ryder & Sons). We were delighted that descendents of Samuel Ryder came including granddaughter Mary Moore. The Mayor of St Albans gave a speech along with Councillors and other supporters. See photographs.
Members of the Foundation have ensured that Samuel's previously neglected grave is now professionally tended.
The Foundation is also working with the local museum to create a permanent display highlighting his life and works.