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Growing Canterbury's Green Heritage - inspiring the future - Saturday 6 October 2018, 10am-4pm - Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District would like to invite you to a Canterbury in Bloom Conference on Saturday 6 October.

The aim is 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.

The conference will feature 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 has been launched, with the aim of generating new ideas for future bloom competitions. The school entries will 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.

Tickets are available to purchase here


9:30 Registration and Coffee

10:00 Welcome

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

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