What's on

Parks & Gardens Live, is a free to attend event which provides professional gardeners, parks professionals and landscape maintenance teams an exciting mix of practical learning, mentoring, inspiration, knowledge sharing and networking - all curated by the UK's leading kit expert and HW technical editor, Sally Drury.


(pre-opening) 09.30 Tour of Woburn Abbey
Visitors arriving early will be able to take advantage of a free head gardener-led tour of the Woburn Abbey Gardens. 

10.00 Doors open to Parks & Gardens Live
Click here to view a list of who's exhibiting.

10.30 - Sally’s Product Tour 
Join Sally as she provides you with a personal introduction to the latest product solutions on offer from exhibitors, aimed specifically at solving the challenges of professionals in this market.

11.00 - Workshop by Drew Bennellick, head of landscape and natural heritage at National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) 
Drew will discuss what gardens and parks managers need to do to have the greatest chance of securing funding for projects from the NLHF. He will outline the fund’s recently announced new focus on nature and natural heritage and the opportunities this opens up for the parks and gardens sector. He will discuss the key factors assessors will be looking for and how those bidding for funds can maximise their chance of success. 

14.00 - Workshop by master gardener and HW columnist Alan Sargent
Leading gardens consultant Alan Sargent returns to the show, where he will talk delegates through the process of contracting out — from how to analyse and weigh-up the pros and cons of using an external contractor to how to assess and compare the costs, TUPE considerations and how to ensure the stability of services.

14.30 - Sally’s Product Tour 

15.00 - Custodian Awards start
The Custodian Awards will take place in the Woburn Sculpture Gallery. Please note there is an admission cost to the Custodian Awards. Click here to find out more. 

Running throughout the day we will also be running a free drop-in Expert Advice Hub; offering tailored careers and job advice; exhibitor kit demonstrations tailored for the parks and gardens market as well as our exhibitors themselves. 

Don't miss out on this great day. 

16.00 - Doors close to Parks & Gardens Live

17.00 - Custodian Awards finish

Please note the agenda is subject to change

Sally Drury

Alan Sargent

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