Canterbury Bid

Growing Canterbury’s Green Heritage

On Saturday 6 October Canterbury Connected BID hosted the Canterbury in Bloom Conference.

The aim was to raise the profile of green heritage as an integral part of local strategies and increase partnership working across the Business Improvement District (BID) which includes local businesses, the city and county councils, the universities, residents and community groups.

Click below to view the University of Kent’s film highlighting the outcomes of the discussion:

The conference featured guest speaker Nick Bailey (BBC presenter for Gardeners’ World) along with talks and panel discussions with local historians, horticulturalists and the local authorities. As part of the conference a schools competition was been launched, with the aim of generating new ideas for future bloom competitions. The school entries were be displayed at the conference with the winners announced on the day .

Thanks to the sponsorship of University of Kent we are able to subsidise the tickets for this event, enabling us to charge just £10 for the day which includes a buffet lunch and walking tours.


10:15 Keynote Speaker – Nick Bailey, Horticulturalist, Garden Maker and Gardeners’ World Presenter
Greening the Urban Environment

11:15 Panel Discussion: Creating New Green Heritage in Canterbury

  • Rebecca Booth, Senior Environment Officer, Canterbury City Council
  • Rosie Cummings, Principal Archaeology and Heritage Officer, Canterbury City Council
  • Peter Vujakovic, Professor of Geography, School of Human and Life Sciences, Canterbury Christ Church University

11:45 Coffee break

12:00 Dr Karen Jones, School of History and Dr Eirini Saratsi, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent
Growing Green Heritage: Why, Where and What Next

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Kevin Hughes, Nationally renowned horticulturalist and RHS Gold Medal Winner
Creating Biodiversity in Urban Spaces

14:15 Panel Discussion: Greener and Cleaner Routes into our City

  • Rivers and Parks – Lauren Baker, Westgate Parks and Our Stour
  • Orchards – Simon Reed, Director, Canterbury City Orchard Project and Managing Director of Rough Old Wife Cider
  • Green Pilgrimage – Peter Morris, North Downs Way Trail Manager, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

15:00 A poem for Canterbury by Lemn Sissay: Cantuarian

15:15 Announcement of School Competition prize winners

15:30 Closing remarks

16:00 Walking Tours

This event was sponsored by:

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