This timely conference explored horticultural practices in relation to economic, social and environmental challenges that face public gardens and parks today. In seeking practical solutions, it highlighted responsible horticulture in relation to mowing, watering and weeding.
In the current economic climate, have you considered how you can combine sustainability and cost savings in managing and maintaining your garden? Have you questioned your methods of grass cutting, irrigation and weed control?
Speakers from a range of gardens, parks, estates and companies considered: different methods of sward maintenance; whether and when to irrigate; and – the biggest problem of all – weed control that reduces the use of resources; and took a fresh look at current practices, with a view to managing gardens in a more sustainable way.
Dr Matthew Jebb, PlantNetwork Chairman
Director, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Colin Crosbie, RHS Garden Wisley
Tony Garn, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Dr David Greenshield, Barenbrug UK
Dr Tim Pettitt, Eden Project
held at 5.00pm Tuesday 27 March 2012, University of York, Heslington
Chaired by Dr Matthew Jebb, PlantNetwork Chairman
Sue France, Green Estate
Les Malin, Patrick Vives, Andreas Kuisl, Chris Bassett, Etesia
Kerry Hutchinson, Chemicals Regulation Directorate, Health & Safety Executive
Ed Ikin, Garden & Countryside Manager, Nymans, National Trust
Dr Ross Cameron, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield
Ian Samms, Managing Director, Nomix Enviro
Gordon Eastham, Grounds Maintenance Manager
Ian Le Gros, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Dr John Newstead, Delta-T Devices
Dr Mike Diprose, Spectrum-Tec
Jill Credland, Environment Agency, Yorkshire and Humber Office