Ian Soper joined the PLF in 2016 and became the PLF Treasurer since 2018. Ian is currently the Open Spaces Manager at Ashburton District Council after serving Gore District Council for nearly two decades.
Ian has a lifelong association with horticulture. Starting out as a school-boy in a garden centre, breaking down seed and fertiliser into smaller retail-sized saleable bags, then moving onto an apprenticeship in Horticulture and Gardening with Wallis's Nurseries on the Taieri, Ian became Trade Qualified. Ian's career then flowed through the retail and contracting sectors of horticulture before resettling into amenity horticulture working with many different Councils across the South Island.