Many gardens and plant collections are managed within larger institutions and organisations which do not necessarily have public access, plant conservation or collections management as part of their core mission. Over recent years many have been under threat and most have had to rethink their position within their host institutions and find new ways to justify and present their gardens and collections. Historically many of our universities had botanic gardens and plant collections, many hold herbaria, but their history and success have been varied. Local authority held plant collections are under threat as parks department’s resources are facing ever increasing cuts. Regardless of your host organisation we all need to identify and explain what we are about, and what is appropriate for our gardens. How to develop a basic garden management plan and identify your Spirit of Place will also be discussed.
This meeting will be the initial meeting of the Garden Management Forum which will look at future training and networking relating to garden management issues.
We are hoping to arrange an optional visit to the nearby Bodnant Garden on the afternoon (13.30) of 18th October.
Costs include refreshments, lunch and resources.
9.30 Registration and coffee (potential lifts/shared taxi from Bangor Station 9.00am)
10.00 Case studies on managing gardens and collections for research, partnerships & visitor attraction
- Thinking Beyond the Campus. Lee Hale, Head of Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham
- Botanic gardens in local authority ownership Ian Turner, Curator, Sheffield Botanic Garden
- Treborth botanic garden; the power of volunteers Natalie Chivers, Curator of Treborth Botanic Garden
12.00 Tour of Treborth Botanic Garden
14.00 Developing management plans and Spirit of Place that helps to relate collections to host institutions core aims.
14.45 Discussion and next steps, advice surgery.
15.30 Close (potential lifts/shared taxi to Bangor Station)
Treborth is on the Menai Straits, next to Menai Bridge, overlooking Anglesey. It is a 5 minute drive from Bangor train station. There are a choice of hotels and B&Bs close by, some within walking distance.
For those staying on the evening of 18th October we will meet up at a local pub to eat together. If you book into accommodation let us know which and we will make sure we are in touch with fellow delegates staying in the same hotels.