Healthy Plants, Healthy Places: Embedding biosecurity in landscape projects
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Healthy Plants, Healthy Places: Embedding biosecurity in landscape projects

When: Friday, 14 June 2019
8:30 - 16:45
Where: The Royal Botanic Gardens
United Kingdom

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Join the Landscape Institute (LI) on 14 June 2019 for a full day’s CPD training and expert-led tour at The Royal Botanic GardensKew.

This event is an early opportunity for practitioners to come together and interrogate the LI’s brand-new Biosecurity Toolkit for Landscape Consultants. Biosecurity is a major threat to ecosystem resilience thatpresents huge challenges at every stage of a landscape project – and yet our sector is relatively new to applying biosecurity principles in our day-to-day work. Discuss the implications of the new Toolkit, give LI your feedback, and talk about the next stages of this vital area of work.

A day for novices and experts alike… Hear about plant health and biosecurity from the industry’s foremost experts. Discover how to embed biosecurity at every stage of a project, from design and specification to long-term management; get biosecurity right on site;and learn how to work at scale.

Over a dozen industry-leading speakers, including:

  • Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity at Defra
  • Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum, Gardens and Horticulture Services at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Helen Long, Senior Plant Health and Seeds Inspector at APHA
  • Dr Charles Lane, Plant Health Consultant at Fera
  • Professor Alan Simson, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University

Learning outcomes

  • Learn about the latest and most important developments in plant health and biosecurity
  • Recognise the pests and diseases that pose the highest risk to UK landscapes, and see examples of emerging pests and pathogens
  • Understand responsible sourcing, and the role individuals and businesses play throughout the supply chain
  • Identify the main pathways of introduction and spread of pests and diseases at every stage of a landscape project
  • Recognise the importance of cultural and environmental factors in influencing the damage harmful organisms can cause
  • Find out what nature itself can tell us about long-term resilience and plant health
  • Discover how to create plant communities in public projects
  • Know your trees – see which species are best for delivering particular ecosystem services and withstanding specific site situations
  • Be inspired by examples of new and untraditional trees and shrubs for public plantations
  • Understand the value of tree and landscape strategies and the role of tree officers and landscape managers
  • Collaborate, network and share knowledge with industry leaders and fellow professionals in landscape, horticulture, arboriculture, policymaking and more


To find out more and book your place, please visit the Landscape Institute's website


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