September 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)


This two day programme focussed on how horticulture is adapting to climate and resource challenges, and how horticulture is contributing to the wellbeing of our planet and its population.

The conference entitled No Plants, No Planet: Horticulture making a world of difference was a huge success, particularly in the range of speakers attending, amongst others Elaine Hughes from the London Wildlife Trust infusing about biodiversity in gardens and cities, Iain Tolhurst; organic grower from Oxford extolled the virtues of a totally sustainable farm and Philip Askew (former Writtle student); from the Olympic Delivery Agency gave a virtual tour of the 2012 Olympic site at various stages of development.

Dorin Pop, a graduate from Writtle College, received the Aberconway Medal from the Institute of Horticulture (IoH) for his outstanding dissertation. Dorin’s work was selected from a number of dissertation nominations submitted from Colleges across the country, his award was presented during the conference.

The conference tackled some of the most challenging issues facing horticulture today and gave a real insight into how different sectors within the industry are adapting to these challenges - global warming, pollution and threats to food security, changing urban and community land use and risk to biodiversity.

Outgoing president of the IoH, Dr Heather Barrett-Mold, said: “Horticulture is at the heart of so many of the big issues we face today. We need to make sure that policy makers in Government, and other key stakeholders, understand the important role horticulturists have in ensuring we meet the challenges of climate change and ensuring food security, whilst maintaining an environment that is both safe and creates the well-being that is so important to the health of the nation.”

Pictured - Dorin Pop, Writtle College graduate and recipient of the IoH Aberconway Medal