Here to help on 01233 813340

Here to help on 01233 813340

Follow us @

Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest  Instagram 

Soft Landscape Workshop 2020 Review



'Thinking Outside the Pot'

Post-Workshop Review

Highlights of our hugely successful 2020 Soft Landscape Workshop can now be viewed below, along
with full audio of the day, speakers presentations and other useful information from the workshop.



Session 1 - What path are we currently on…? feat Peter Gibbs and Sophie Leguil

 Session 2 - Trees and their role in our future - feat Debbie Bartlett, John Weir, Tony Kirkham and Henrik Sjoman

 Session 3 - Carbon neutrality - the pathway ahead - feat Noel Farrer, Jacquelin Clay, Anna French and Geoff de la Cour-Baker

 Session 4 - Designing for the future - feat Marian Boswall and Arit Anderson


1. Peter Gibbs - 'Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get'

 2. Sophie Leguil - ‘Ecological breakdown’

 3. Debbie Bartlett - ‘Cooling our urban spaces’

 4. Tony Kirkham - ‘My trees for the future’

 5. John Weir - ‘How the forestry sector needs to respond’

 6. Henrik Sjoman - ‘Right plant right place’

 7. Noel Farrer - ‘How landscape and housing has to change’

 8. Jacquelin Clay - The Biodiversity Impact Assessment Calculator’

 9. Anna French - ‘Changing my practise to a lower carbon footprint’

 10. Geoff de la Cour-Baker - ‘Palmstead’s thinking outside the pot’

 Useful information from speakers

Click here for useful links, websites and social media accounts you must follow!

Thank you to everyone who participated in making our workshop such a success. We have received so many positive comments about the day and below are just a small selection of them...

 "It was a truly fantastic event in every way. Brilliant array of speakers, totally slickly organised (and signposted!), interesting delegates (and amazingly a number who I know from my past, even one who had been a student at Wisley when I was the Pathologist there!) and phenomenal catering too. ….so the thanks are now coming from me to you and everyone at Palmstead who was involved or there on the day. A really brilliant event and an extremely friendly bunch of people too."

 "An inspiring educational and motivational day that reminded me why I got into the horticultural world to begin with 15+ years ago! Keep up the good work!"

 "It was an important workshop drawing attention to how much needs to be done to secure a future not only for ourselves but for the next generation and beyond, some of which we can do as individuals to combat climate change as well as corporations."

 "A well-organised day on a vital topic, brimming with information. A great opportunity to network within the wider industry, discuss the topics and go home buzzing with new ideas and inspiration."

 "Palmstead's workshop is always informative and broadens our horizons with the latest thinking and innovations. It is also a great opportunity for networking and finding new products and ideas.I have recommended it to designers, landscapers and nurserymen - who are now regular attendees like me!"

 "This was the best Palmstead workshop I've attended. A really fantastic line up of speakers with lots of very interesting, challenging and relevant things to say."

 "In general a very good day out, good turnout of professionals, some high calibre speakers, good food and unfailing enthusiasm and genuine helpfulness of the Palmstead team."

 "I look forward to this conference every year, an inspiring sparkly gem in the darkest, coldest month. I always find I learn a lot of interesting things about plants, the landscape industry and meet and network with like minded people."

"I’m really surprised on the quality and relevance of the topics discussed and that this event is being lead from the ground up so to speak - from a leading industry nursery. It was my first attendance as a designer. I’ll be spreading the word with my associates."