Prince Charles to open first ever arboricultural security conference

Prince Charles will deliver the opening address to the National Amenity Conference next month, its organiser Arboricultural Association has announced.

Image: John Williams (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Image: John Williams (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Prince will open the 51st such conference on 11 September, billed this year as the first international conference on arboricultural biosecurity, via video link.

The AA said: "He was honoured to be offered the chance to address delegates from the professional tree care industry, who’s work he said was vital in monitoring and keep threats to this valuable national asset at bay."

Prince Charles recently told Gardeners' Question Time that he plants trees at Highgrove with his grandson Prince George, hoping to encourage an interest in horticulture by showing him how much they have grown each time he visits.

Other speakers at the three-day conference in Exeter include head of Kew Gardens arboretum Tony Kirkham, Forestry Commission chair Sir Harry Studholme and UK chief plant health officer Professor Nicola Spence.


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