October 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Roy Lancaster, who will headline on the second date in the forthcoming lecture series – Tuesday 7 December 2010, is best known for his work on the BBC TV Gardeners World and BBC Gardeners’ Question Time. Roy’s lecture is entitled ‘Plants, People and Places’ and will focus on his many plant finding expeditions made around the world.

‘Plants, People and Places’ is also the title for this years comprehensive illustrated lecture series by professional horticulturists contractors and designers.

Dr James Hichmough, who has been invited to speak on Tuesday 22 March 2011, lecture is entitled ‘Naturalistic Urban Planting’ and will focus on his projects at the University of Sheffield, Department of Landscape where he is engaged in the creation of naturalistic herbaceous vegetation.

The full series comprises:

Mark Gregory - In Pursuit of Gold - Tuesday 16 November

Roy Lancaster - Plants, People and Places - Tuesday 7 December

Clive Mayhew - A Tree Introduction Timeline - Tuesday 25 January

Dr Jill Raggett - Staying Inspired – a personal reflection - Tuesday 22 February

Dr James Hichmough - Naturalistic Urban Planting -Tuesday 22 March

Lucy Redman - A Plant woman’s Garden -Tuesday 5 April

Previously organised by horticultural College graduate – James Hearsum - this fifth lecture series has been organised by Greg Allen, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Studies, with a team of first and second year students. This current team of organisers have aptly renamed the series ‘James Hearsum Lecture Series’ retaining recognition for the series originator.

Greg Allen, a keen advocate of the horticultural lectures, chose this year to continue the invites to internationally renowned horticulturists to come and speak at Writtle College. Greg said “Before James graduated from the College we sat down and discussed the future of this series and we both thought that the popularity and success of the series would be sorely missed at the College. I decided to continue the series but this time involving even more new and returning horticulture students.”

Commenting on the speaker line up for this year Greg said: “these international figures will approach aspects of horticulture from varying perspectives. Hosted by students of Writtle College, we hope this series will open up debate about the direction of gardening, landscapes and horticulture. Most of the lectures will include lavish illustrations and there will be an opportunity for questions and discussions once the lectures are complete – the lectures really offer students the chance to delve into new horticultural perspectives.”

All Lectures are at 7.30pm in the Northumberland Lecture Theatre, Writtle College. Full series tickets are £36 for students and £54 for non students. For tickets and further details please contact the students union office Or Greg Allen, Writtle College, Lordship Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR Tel: 01245 424200 Email: