Conference aims to explore high-profile global issues

The Institute of Horticulture (IoH) is to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing the industry at its annual conference "No Plants, No Planet: Horticulture - making a world of difference". It will take place at Writtle College in Essex on 10-11 September.

Speakers will explore how the industry is responding to the challenges of climate change, ensuring food security, changes in land use and safeguarding biodiversity.

Speakers include: organic gardener Bob Flowerdew; industry veteran Charles Notcutt; The Centre for Food Policy's Dr David Barling; HTA's Tim Briercliffe; RHS's Dr Simon Thornton-Wood; University of Reading's Dr Ross Cameron; SCRI's Dr Derek Stewart; London Wildlife Trust's Elaine Hughes; and organic grower Iain Tolhurst. There will also be the opportunity on 12 September for delegates to visit the London Olympic Park.

IoH president Dr Heather Barrett-Mold said: "We need to make sure that policy makers in Government and other key stakeholders, understand the important role horticulturists have in ensuring we meet the challenges of climate change and ensuring food security, while maintaining an environment that is both safe and creates the wellbeing that is so important to the health of the nation."

- For details call 01992 707025 or email ioh@horticulture.org.uk


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