BOOKING OPEN: Play & Engagement with Gardens


This event, in partnership with English Heritage and the Walmer Castle and Gardens Team, will explore how play can be used in gardens and other designed landscapes. Join us on Wednesday 9th October at Walmer Castle in Kent.

Gardens are multifunctional spaces with the potential to offer a range of facilities and services beyond but linked to their main horticultural focus. As such, there is scope to provide services to local communities and schools as well as better engaging visitors to the garden. Finding new ways of engaging visitors that also fulfils learning and health/wellbeing purposes can be challenging but play, aimed at both children and adults, has considerable potential to achieve this. This training day will look at how Walmer Castle have successfully integrated different engagement activities, particularly the element of play, in their recent HLF-funded project to redevelop the west end of the gardens. It will include a look at the lessons learned and what works particularly well.

Alongside the English Heritage team, including English Heritage’s Family Interpretation Manager Sarah Shaw, will be a number of other speakers providing a perspective from other projects and gardens. Confirmed speakers include Linden Groves who specialises in helping children enjoy landscapes and Dr Liz O’Brien from Forest Research who has evaluated a range of engagement programmes in gardens and arboreta.

Booking is open! To secure a place at this exciting event, please book using the link below.

Cost: £80 for PlantNetwork members and £120 for non-members. Special rates available for students.

A programme is now available (subject to change).