Climate change theme for Heather Society conference

Climate change and its affect on heather will be the theme of the Heather Society's annual conference next year.

The society's annual gathering will be held at the Best Western Reigate Manor Hotel in Surrey on 11-14 September 2009,with the AGM taking place on the morning of Sunday 13 September.

Speakers at the conference will include environmental scientist Dr Simon Caporn, from Manchester Metropolitan University, who will discuss how climatic changes will affect heather.

Nymans Garden head gardener Ed Ikin will also speak, ahead of a tour round the National Trust property the following day, where one of the oldest heather gardens in the UK is being renovated.

Other visits will be to the Savill Garden at Windsor and Mary Bowerman's garden. A plants, book and memorabilia auction will take place during the conference.

The approximate cost is £290 for single accommodation and £230 for double or twin. This price includes all meals, coach travel and entry to the gardens per person.

To reserve your place send £5 non-refundable registration fee to the Heather Society, Tippitiwitchet Cottage, Hall Road, Outwell, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE14 8PE.

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