Unique day-out for horticulture students

Palmstead is holding a student workshop at Writtle College on Thursday 27th March. The grower hopes to attract as many landscape and horticulture students as it can of NVQ level 3 and above from colleges in the South East to the free event.

The students will have the opportunity to hear three of the industry’s most inspiring speakers. They will be offering an insight into their careers and what got them started, revealing what advice they got then plus some tales of their achievements.

As Head of Arboretum at Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, Tony Kirkham is probably the countries leading tree expert and enthusiast. The great storm of 1987, when Kew lost 500 mature trees overnight, was a turning point for him. The resulting programme of replacement has meant many collecting trips in China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and the Russian Far East.

Tom Hart Dyke creator of the world garden at his ancestral home, Lullingstone Castle, is a throw back to the plant hunters of old. He first shot to international prominence in 2000, when he was kidnapped in the Panamanian jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong.

David Gilchrist, formerly of Hillier is currently a trade consultant, trainer and expert witness and one of the most knowledgeable people about nursery matters. A prolific writer in the press, he has worked in countries such as France, Canary Islands, Madeira, Portugal, Turkey, Poland, Slovenia, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland and USA.

Details of the day can be found at http://www.palmstead.co.uk/downloads/Student%20Workshop%2014%20Flyer%20email.pdf
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