The workshop was organised and run by members of the Royal Parks Guild with the support of Royal Parks.
It was addressed by specialists from landscaping, professional gardening, production horticulture, horticultural journalism, and garden retail including: Hillier Nurseries' Kevin Hobbs; English Heritage's John Watkins; Royal Botanic Garden, Kew's Tony Kirkham; Landform Consultant's Mark Gregory; HW's Kate Lowe; and Squires Garden Centres' Andy Bunt.
The event was introduced by guild chairman and former deputy chair of Royal Parks Mike Fitt and organised and chaired by parks consultants Bob Ivison and Sid Sullivan respectively. It took place at Richmond Park and included apprentices employed by Royal Parks landscape maintenance contractors (Fountains, Veolia, Enterprise and Turfsoil) who are finishing the three-year programme.
The guild hopes to be able to develop a larger event next year including apprentices from across London and the South East.
The apprenticeship programme is run by The Royal Parks in conjunction with Capel Manor College and The Royal Parks landscape maintenance Contractors.