David Hackett first qualified in amenity Horticulture in 1979 and 1980 through the National Botanic gardens , Glasnevin , Dublin and the RHS. He also holds various work associated qualifications eg. Chainsaw certified, telescopic handler certified.
In 2006 he was awarded advanced qualifications with the Royal Horticultural society .
His specialism is in turf culture [Grass] and trees and he currently hold a tree risk assessment from the International Society of Arborists.
Employment has range from working in garden centres, commercial fruit and vegetable production, indoor pot plant production and for the Parks department of Dun Laoghaire corporation for thirteen years. He has been employed on the Trinity College grounds staff for the past twenty four years.
He is one of the editors of the Trees of Trinity College Dublin publication: ISBN 978-1871408737