BOOKING OPEN Science in Gardens

Down House 20th June 2018 10.30 – 16.30
This day will be relevant to all those interested in promoting their gardens as a resource for science, citizen science and public engagement, it will also be of interest to those interested in the history of natural history

British Sugar TOPSOIL

We are pleased to welcome our new 2018 Silver Sponsors, British Sugar TOPSOIL who are the largest UK manufacturer and supplier of environmentally sustainable topsoil and topdressing products to the landscaping, construction and sports turf/amenity sectors, supplying over 250,000 tonnes annually.

The Garden Label & Sign Company

We are pleased to announce our new Bronze Sponsor for 2018 The Garden Label & Sign Company who specialise in the design and production of bespoke, durable, labelling for horticulture. Offering an engraving service, as well as supplying blank labels to those who have their own engraving equipment. They design and manufacture laser engraved labels and signs. Using a range of materials to include plastic laminates, solid wood, metals and slate.

BOOKING OPEN. What you need to know about Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol

Friday March 16th. Chester Zoo.
This training day is an update on ABS and how it relates to all those working in gardens and with plant collections. This international agreement, developed from the 1992 Convention of Biological Diversity, is key to how we all manage our gardens. Speakers will include those who influence and disseminate the practicalities of this legislation and will share practical case studies and help attendees to understand relevance of the documentation and current national and international discussions.

BOOKING OPEN. Managing trees in a historic landscape.

Thursday, 3rd May 2018. Saltram, Devon.
Our Trees forum training days are popular amongst arborists, horticulturists and botanists. The National Trust garden Saltram, celebrated its 60th anniversary under National Trust ownership in 2017.

Dr Martin J Stott, Senior Gardener, will lead the day. Attendees will learn more about the planning and processes of managing trees in historic landscapes and within visitor environments. The day will include consideration of National Trust tree safety processes.

BOOKING OPEN. The restoration and integration of natural habitats in a designed landscape

Tuesday, 26th June 2018. Wakehurst Place, West Sussex. Led by Iain Parkinson, Wakehurst’s Conservation and Woodlands Manager, and other staff at Wakehurst Place this day will consider the restoration of wild habitats, including meadows and hedgerows. Presentations and site walks will explain how protecting and conserving natural features help both to safeguard the ‘spirit of place’ and enhance the visual appeal of introduced plant collections within a designed landscape.

Good practice guides for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and the Nagoya Protocol

Two new publications by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Science around the theme of Access & Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol: Utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge in academic research. A good practice guide for access and benefit-sharing Authors: Susette Biber-Klemm, Sylvia I. Martinez Switzerland has […]

Our events in 2018

Our 2018 events to date but more in the planning.
Keep an eye on our website for event updates. Most events will open for booking in November 2017. Register early interest with Please remember to get in touch if you are interested in being part of a Forum Group to help to organise events next year.

Rupert Wilson, Aug 2014

BOOKING OPEN. Health and wellbeing in horticulture and gardens.

13th and 14th September 2018 at The Eden Project.
The Eden Project will host this 1.5 day training event where we will learn more about the Eden on Prescription Project and similar case studies sharing information about how our gardens and plant collections can contribute to health and wellbeing. This is a subject that is becoming increasingly relevant and a number of reports are identifying links between our wellbeing and access to nature.

BOOKING OPEN. Assessing and developing a Spirit of Place document for your garden

12th July 2018. Nymans Garden, West Sussex.
Spirit of Place is at the heart of how people feel about and experience our properties and why they are relevant. It captures what make a places special. This training day will look at how we identify the Spirit of Place and how it can be used to inform decisions about how your site is understood and managed – from planning events to marketing and what you choose to present to the visitor.