The conference is aimed at all those working in historic and botanic gardens and public parks and those involved in providing training and setting standards. Speaker will address gardens and collections management, including managing climate change, as well as staff management.
National Land Based College (UK) chief executive Leigh Morris said:
"I am delighted to have been asked to speak at this year’s PlantNetwork Conference. I have 10 years’ experience working within botanical gardens and am excited about retaining a link with the plant collections world within my new wider land based role. I see much synergy and potential collaboration across the whole sector and I look forward to sharing my ideas at the PlantNetwork conference."
David Richardson, director of horticulture and Mediterranean area, Commonwealth War Graves Commission said: "I’m delighted to be able to come and speak and share my experience at the Plantnetwork Skills and Standards Conference in October. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has commitment in 154 countries and with a global gardening workforce of 850 gardeners delivering consistently high quality horticulture is one of our key challenges. Ill be sharing with the delegates my experience in setting and measuring quality standards and how we have managed change with a disparate and highly experienced workforce. As we approach or centenary in 2017 Ill also be talking about our vision for the next 100 years and the particular challenges we are anticipating."
Other speakers include Defra chief plant health office Nicola Spence and Defra climate change scientist Eleanor Webster.
PlantNetwork is the gardens and plant collections network of Britain and Ireland. Membership includes National Trust, English Heritage, Royal botanic gardens of Edinburgh and Kew, Universiy Botanic Gardens, National Trust Scotland, zoological gardens, historic gardens and some private gardens. All are interested in developing better standards, plant collections and promoting plants for education, training and research.