Palmstead celebrates 40th anniversary with workshop

More than 250 guests attended Palmstead Nurseries' soft landscaping workshops over three days last week to celebrate 40 years of trading for the Ashford nursery.

Garden designers, landscape architects, contractors, local authority and public-space managers were given insights into the future of planting in public spaces and new-build developments from leading industry figures.

Palmstead marketing and sales manager Nick Coslett said the workshops had been a phenomenal success, and that a three-day programme had allowed the nursery to cater for different market sectors in full.

He spoke to guests aiming to raise the quality of planting schemes on new-build developments, which he felt are too often put in as an afterthought in less-than-ideal conditions.

He added that the construction industry still had not realised the importance of preparing planting sites, believing it was "more about meeting show-house opening deadlines" than ensuring a long-lasting planted area.

Guests were also given a tour of the Palmstead facilities and an insight into the process of quality nursery production, including a look at propagation units, integrated pest-management systems, responsible irrigation, dispatch operations and the latest developments in the company's field-grown trees.

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