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On 28th June, Horticulture Week will host a unique event at the fabulous Woburn Abbey and Gardens in Bedfordshire.  The event will offer an exclusive audience of head gardeners and their teams, parks managers and their teams and other landscape maintenance and management professionals an exciting, educational, and unique day of practical learning, mentoring, inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking.

Aimed exclusively at horticulture professionals working at private and historic estates, local authority grounds, or specialist landscape maintenance operations, the event will feature:

  • professional kit demonstrations
  • expert-led workshops and mentoring
  • machinery and consumables showcase
  • expert advice hub
  • head gardener-led tours of the gardens and parkland
  • networking with gardens and parks professionals
  • careers and recruitment advice
  • best practice exhibition highlighting award-winning work

This day of learning and networking will be curated by Horticulture Week technical editor Sally Drury - the UK’s leading professional kit expert and recipient of the 2016 CIOH President’s Award for her contribution to the industry.

What will be the benefits to parks and gardens professionals of attending?

  • Professionals will be able to learn about, see demonstrated, and source the latest kit and consumables for professional gardening and parks staff from suppliers showcasing products and services aimed directly at the parks and gardens market. 
  • They will learn from the most inspirational mentors in the sector including a renowned master gardener who will be leading a workshop for professional gardeners and parks staff. 
  • Attendees will access the very best advice on everything from sourcing kit to tackling recruitment issues via the Sally Drury Advice Hub staffed throughout the day by Sally and her team of experts.
  • They will be able to compare and share experiences with the gardening team at Woburn Abbey during head gardener-led tours of the gardens and parklands.
  • Professionals will draw inspiration from award winning work highlighted in an exhibition featuring best practice from the parks and gardens sector
  • Finally, attendees will be able to network with fellow professionals and leading figures from the UK’s parks and gardens world.

* The event is co-located with the presentation of the 2017 Horticulture Week Custodian Awards which will take place in the afternoon at a special reception in the stunning Woburn Sculpture Gallery where the leaders of the parks and gardens management industry will gather to see who will take home this year’s coveted awards.



Alan Sargent

Horticulture Week columnist, master gardener and landscaping industry veteran

Sally Drury

One of Horticulture Week's longest serving journalists, and the UK’s leading expert on horticultural machinery.

To exhibit or sponsor contact:

Roisin Kennedy:

T: 020 8267 4953


Tim Lomas:

Tel: 020 8267 4847

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