Landscaping workshop hears plea for professionals to speak up for horticulture

Passionate calls for localism and a stronger cohesive voice for horticulture were made at the 17 September soft landscaping workshop at Palmstead Nurseries in Kent.

Speaker Mary Reynolds. Image: Supplied
Speaker Mary Reynolds. Image: Supplied

The sustainability-themed event featured  landscape architects, ecologists and garden designers speaking on the way forward for sustainable horticultural development.

Among the speakers was Landscape Institute president Noel Farrer who expressed concern over the proliferation of green field sites without coherent landscape planning or forethought, and called for more localism in town planning.

Brita von Schoenaich reiterated Noel Farrer’s call to engage in localism as she made a plea for delegates to fight for the future of big trees and their inclusion in landscape planning. She said: "Localism is key, you can’t underestimate how much power you have as an individual. 

"Go to the local authority, take part in consultations. So few people actually take part in these consultations - your voice will be heard."

Palmstead marketing manager Nick Coslett said there was plenty to take away from the event.

"All speakers promoted the drive towards localism, connectivity and community cohesion today and there was a unified call to be more collaborative as an industry. We must all continue and accelerate our individual contributions. Every little helps and does make a difference."

He was particularly struck by garden designer Mary Reynold's statement that our ecosystem is on the edge of collapse. "This ought to push us forward faster as landscape professionals - we can make a difference to our environment," Coslett said.

He called the industry to both consult more with government and to feed more information to horticultural associations such as the RHS, BALI and the Landscape Institute "in order to strengthen our collective voice".

Other speakers on the day included Ken Trew from Argent, Guy Barter and Dr Alistair Griffiths from the RHS, soil expert Tim O’Hare and green roof guru Dusty Gedge.

More in the next edition of Horticulture Week

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