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Growing solutions to social and global problems.

Saturday 25 September 2021 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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Volunteers in the Botanic Garden

From climate change to mental health and wellbeing, could the answer to some of the major issues facing people and the planet be addressed through horticulture? As part of FUTURES2021 Join Nigel Dunnett, internationally renowned plantsman, landscape designer and Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield for a fascinating lecture on this subject. Nigel will be joined by Professor Jane Memmot OBE, Dr Heather Whitney, and Dr Daniela Dietrich for a panel discussion after his talk.

Nigel is one of the world’s leading voices on innovative approaches to planting design and is a pioneer of the new ecological approach to planting gardens and public spaces. His work revolves around the integration of ecology and horticulture to achieve low-input, high-impact landscapes that are dynamic, diverse and tuned to nature.

Nigel’s projects include: The Queen Elizabeth London Olympic Park (principal planting design and horticultural consultant, together with James Hitchmough); The Barbican Centre, London (new planting schemes for podium landscapes); Sheffield Grey to Green (Planting design for the UK’s largest retrofit inner-city greenway and water-sensitive scheme). Nigel is a gold medal-winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In November 2018 Nigel won the Landscape Institute Award 2018 for Planting Design, Public Horticulture and Strategic Ecology, and the Landscape Institute Fellows Prize for Most Outstanding Project, both for The Barbican, London.

Panel Chair and Host: Nicholas Wray, Botanic Garden Curator

Keynote speaker: Nigel Dunnett

Th event is free but you will have to book a ticket; click here to book.




Saturday 25 September 2021
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


The Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
Bristol, BS8 1QE United Kingdom
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