Greening hostile environments to be examined at seminar

The use of grasses and plants to green difficult sites will be examined at a seminar focusing on amenity turf this week.

The Greening Hostile Environments seminar is aimed at landscapers and amenity professionals and will discuss the latest technical issues in the sector.

To be held at Oatridge College, near Edinburgh, on Thursday (9 October), the seminar has been organised by the British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Scotland and turf growers InTurf.

InTurf will also reveal details about its new Scottish sales and service operation based at Bathgate.

“InTurf grow in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire so having a sales and marketing operation in Scotland helps with the logistics of getting products north,” said a spokesman.

Chairman of BALI Scotland Stuart Simpson will open the seminar, while Scottish Biodiversity Forum team leader Stan Whitaker will speak on planting for biodiversity, and Rigby Taylor director of seed research Brian Robinson will discuss sustainability of grasses in hostile locations.

Oatridge College principal David James and horticulture and landscaping team leader Ann Burns will provide an insight into college life.

A live outdoor demonstration is planned during the event, which is also organised by Landbased Industries Support Service (LISS).

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