'Palmstead Nurseries' Soft Landscape Workshop - Green Connection - Empowerment through Collaboration' 23 January 2019

'Palmstead Nurseries' Soft Landscape Workshop - Green Connection - Empowerment through Collaboration' 23 January 2019

National (Eng/Wales/Scot/NI)

  • 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM, 23 January 2019

Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Ave, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8UX

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Plans are well underway for the 11th popular Palmstead Workshop where landscape professionals gather to discuss current topics and hear from experts in their field.

  • Description

    Plans are well underway for the 11th popular Palmstead Workshop where landscape professionals gather to discuss current topics and hear from experts in their field. The workshop curated by Nick Coslett for Palmstead is looking at two things:

    1. Biophilia, the benefit that plants bring to our environment and ourselves, but it’s become a bit of a buzzword. Simply is it  - Green is Good, but we’ll be asking is some green better than others, especially in our urban places. 
    2. However successful gardens and landscapes are created and maintained by a collaboration between, client, designer, contractor and supplier. So, we will also look at the key to successful collaboration across our industry and how Palmstead is a hub for making connections with other specialists and suppliers/exhibitors as well as Palmstead’s own plant specialists and experts. You can’t afford not to connect up with the Palmstead hub and bolster your expertise.

    Calling all past and future exhibitors and industry partners. We are open for applications for exhibition space at our January 2019 event. We have some 25 spaces available and they have been very popular in the past with extremely reasonable costs. (2019 = £400 +vat)

    Last year we found January attracted more delegates than before, we maxed out at close to 400 attending. It appears January is less congested than September when we previously held the conference. Feedback about last January’s event (timing and content) was overwhelmingly positive from delegates and exhibitors.

    So how about joining us and stimulating discussions and inspiration in the darker month of the new year. Just when you need some brightness Palmstead’s Workshop is there to help inform and inspire. Also, there are fewer trade shows at this time of year (apart from IPM Essen and BTME which are for different markets).

    In 2019 we will be looking at greening our urban environment. “Green is Good” but asking is some green better than others, but alongside this is the fact that landscapes are achieved by collaboration, networking and team work. So how can practitioners do their stuff better?

    We are securing some outstanding speakers and are delighted to announce that:

    • John Wyer the Landscape Architect and “thinker” behind the successful landscaper Bowles and Wyer. He’ll look at the collaboration our industry need to make things work and his views on how planting our future urban areas will work with the competing demands for housing and population.
    • Adam White Landscape Architect whose energy and enthusiasm wowed delegates at the last workshop is returning. Now President of the Landscape Institute, Adam will report on the cross-industry collaboration and representations being made on our behalf and will be our summing up of the day speaker.
    • John Adlam of Dove Bugs is an in-demand consultant for the horticultural industry. He will discuss the shape of UK Horticulture in the light of Brexit. Covering changes and predictions about; pesticides, glyphosate, plastics, growing media and of course biosecurity.
    • Dr Ken Thompson – an independent speaker and writer, author of books including The Sceptical Gardener, Where do Camels Belong? The Story and Science of Invasive Species, Do We Need Pandas? And others.  His talk will be titled “What’s Green got to do with it”  
    • Dr Andy Hirons will present the TDAG tree selector – this new and free to download tree selection guide. Andy will walk delegates through how to use and benefit from the research this guide contains. Co-written by the Dr Henrik Sjoman THE tree expert of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and innovator on plant selection through physiological criteria in the wild and selecting genomes from natural conditions which mimic urban environments.  
    • Andrew Wilson of the London College of Garden Design – looking at how GD can help greening up our urban spaces. Andrew last spoke with us in 2010. But more and more GD are employing Landscape architects and the division between the professions are getting blurred. However more and more GD are implementing the planting designs to Landscape Architects masterplans.

    There will also be exhibitions (15 so far) and short technical presentations from two selected and respected suppliers to our industry (Green-Tech on tree establishment and Rigby Taylor on plants Carbon Capture and why professional landscaper need to know about it.).

    Schedule: 

    Start time End time Duration Main Workshop venue - Kent Suite
    8.45 9.35 50 Registration opens & exhibition viewing + coffee & Danish
          Trains arriving @ Ashford International from London St.P/KX      8.12  arrives 8.50  and 8.37 arrives 9.14  coaches will be there to collect delegates at these arrival times.
    9.40 10.00 20 Welcome and introduction  - Nick Coslett  hand over to... Chair for the Day Adam White - setting the scene for the day
    10.00 11.00 60 incl. Q&A Keynote 1. John Wyer - what are our urban areas going to look like - with new homes to be build in the hndreds of thousands where is the space for planting? How can our industry collaborate for a successful outcome. 
    11.00 11.40 40 Coffee break, networking and exhibition viewing
    11.40 12.30 50 incl Q&A Keynote 2.  Andrew Wilson - can Garden Designers come to the rescue of our urban plantings?
    12.30 13.00 30 John Adlam -- how will BREXIT affect UK Horticulture etc…
    13.00 14.00 60 Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing
    14.00 14.05   Move to break out sessions:
    14.05 14.30 25 with Q&A  or 2x 12min Kent Room (main room) HTA / APL  where we fit in. Beak out 1            TDAG Tree Selector - how it can help the landscape and garden designer -  Dr. Andrew Hirons Break out 2    Successful Tree Planting - keys to ensure success - Green Tech. Break out 3             The carbon Capture of landscape elements - Rigby Taylor
    BALI Where we fit it
          5 minute movement break
    14.35 15.00 25 with Q&A  or 2x 12min Kent Room (main room)   SGD  where we fit in. Beak out 1            TDAG Tree Selector - how it can help the landscape and garden designer -  Dr. Andrew Hirons Break out 2    Successful Tree Planting - keys to ensure success - Green Tech. Break out 3             The carbon Capture of landscape elements - Rigby Taylor
    Li Where we fit it
    15.00 15.20 20 Tea, networking and exhibition viewing
    15.20 16.10 50 Keynote 3.  Dr Ken Thompson - Whats Green got to do with it. 
    16.10 17.00 50 Summing up and the way forward with Adam White PLi. 
          Trains departing Ashford International to London St. Pancras/KX   Coaches will take delegates to the station,   may not meet train departing at 17.16 arrives London 17.54  but will be in time for 17.43 arriving London 18.23

    Delegate booking is open at www.palmstead.co.uk

    The delegate fee for this informative and renown networking event is still great value at £36 + vat. When other conferences charge from £125 a day.