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Soft Landscape Workshop 2019


Green Connections 


Empowerment through collaboration 


Wednesday 23 January 09:00-17:00 

Ashford International Hotel 
(Please note the programme for the day is subject to change. Full programme for the day is still to be finalised and a number of other speakers and representatives to be announced)

 

Within the world of horticulture our innate need to connect to our landscape underpins everything we do. Many believe that human beings are genetically predisposed to want to find connections with the natural world (commonly termed as 'biophilia'). As human beings we are also tribal animals, craving social interaction and gaining pleasure and motivation from our interactions with each other. When we inhibit or remove our connections with the natural world and with each other we are limiting our potential and limiting the opportunities available for us to find a balance between modernity and nature. In an age where the importance of green in our landscapes is under threat and we are becoming more and more isolated in our lives, the need for collaboration and communication is paramount.

In this years Soft Landscaping Workshop we will be discussing the importance of our ‘green connections’ and how through interaction with each other we can work together to create a much needed balance in our landscape. We believe that through industry collaboration each and everyone of us can be empowered to create a greener future.

Along with a stimulating line up of speakers arranged for the day there will also be a number of mini-workshops taking place, some designed to impart practical advice and led by key figures in their respective areas and others led by representatives of horticultural organisations who will be explaining why collaboration is so important to developing connections within the industry. There will also be a large number of exhibitors and industry professionals who will be offering advice and guidance throughout the day.

This year's event will take place from 09:00 to 17:00 on Wednesday 23 January 2019. We have a full schedule of speakers and events organised so we have extended the traditional timings to accommodate such a full and rich programme.

The event will be held at its traditional venue, the Ashford International Hotel in Ashford, Kent. A large number of companies from across the industry will be exhibiting on the day. The delegate fee including a buffet lunch and refreshments costs just £36 + VAT. For delegates travelling by rail there will be a shuttle bus meeting the fast train from London St Pancras to transfer you to the venue and back. 

Soft Landscape Workshop 2019

Sarah Morgan (SGD)

John Wyer

Helen Elks-Smith

Andrew Wilson

Anca Panait

Adam White

John Adlam

Dr Ken Thompson

Programme for the day
Subject to change...


08:45-09:35 - Registration 

Registration opens. Why not have a look at the exhibitors and grab a coffee or tea (and possibly even a Danish pastry) before the day starts! 

09:40-10:00 - Welcome & introduction with Helen Elks-Smith (introduced by Nick Coslett)

A few words from Nick Coslett before he hands over to Helen Elks-Smith, our compere for the day.

10:00-11:00 - John Wyer - 'Where do we put the trees?' (+ Q&A with Helen Elks-Smith)

The population of the UK is rising; we are told there is a housing crisis, so where do we fit in all the plant? John Wyer will explore how we got to this point and where we might go from here - what our cities might look like in twenty or thirty years and how we will have to work together to ensure a better future. 

11:00-11:40 - Break for refreshments, networking and exhibitor viewing

Grab a drink, something to eat and take in the multitude of exhibitors at this years Workshop. Chat to friends and discover new ones...

11:40-12:20 - Andrew Wilson - 'The design and planting of the space between buildings' (+ Q&A with Helen Elks-Smith)

Andrew Wilson will discuss the impact garden designers can have on urban planting and the spaces between buildings.

 

12:20-13:00 - A discussion panel on conflict resolution and the importance of industry collaboration

This year we have introduced a new element to the day, a discussion panel featuring some of the industry's finest who will be discussing conflict resolution and the need for understanding and collaboration within the industry. The panel will be chaired by Helen Elks-Smith and will include Sarah Morgan (Award winning designer and chair of the SGD), Anca Panait (Landscape Architect and finalist for Young Designer of the Year 2017),  John Adlam (Horticultural Consultant) plus more TBA  

13:00-14:00 - Lunch, networking and exhibitor viewing

Lunchtime, which means plenty of time to eat, network and see the exhibitors in more detail.

14:00-14:05 - Move to the break out sessions

This year we have introduced another new element to the day with break out sessions taking place in various rooms throughout the venue. See below for the details...

14:05-14:30 - Break out session (part one) with Q&A sessions

Short sessions from BALI, Landscape Institute, TDAG Tree Selector, Successful Tree Planting by Green Tech and The Carbon Capture of Landscape Elements by Rigby Taylor.

14:35-15:00 - Break out session (part two) with Q&A sessions

Short sessions from HTA/APL, The Society of Garden Designers, TDAG Tree Selector, Successful Tree Planting by Green Tech and The Carbon Capture of Landscape Elements by Rigby Taylor.

15:00-15:20 - Break for refreshments, networking and exhibitor viewing

Grab a drink, something to eat and take in the multitude of exhibitors at this years Workshop. Chat to friends and discover new ones...

15:20-16:20 - Ken Thompson - 'What's green got to do with it?' (+ Q&A with Helen Elks-Smith)

The well respected lecturer, columnist and writer Ken Thompson will be asking 'What's green got to do with it?

16:20-17:00 - Adam White 'The way forward' (+ Q&A with Helen Elks-Smith)

Landscape Architect and President of the Landscape Institute, Adam White will be summarising the day's events and will be offering his unique view on the Industry.

The programme for the day is subject to change. A full list of exhibitors will be included closer to the event.


Trains departing from Ashford International to London St Pancras/Kings Cross - 17:16 arrives in London 17:54, 17:43 arrives in London 18:23. Coaches will take delegates to the station but only for the 17:43 train.

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