Nigel Dunnett lecture

Dr Nigel Dunnett, one of the great plantsman pioneers of our age, will speak at The Leicestershire & Rutland Gardens Trust Annual Lecture, on September 13th 7.30pm at Leicester University. All proceeds from the lecture go to support local schools, through the Trust’s “Schools into Gardening Programme”. Tickets cost £12.50 and are on sale now, to book call 0116 2705711.

This is an opportunity to hear one of the great plantsman pioneers of our age, Dr Nigel Dunnett. He will illustrate his talk with many of the landscape developments that he has been involved with.
 “I specialise in planting design as both an art form – applying ecological concepts to create dynamic, dramatic and uplifting landscapes – and an essential – finding every opportunity to introduce exciting planting into cities, to meet the challenges of climate-change and urbanisation” Professor Nigel Dunnett

Nigel Dunnett is Professor of Planting Design, Urban Horticulture and Vegetation Technology at the University of Sheffield. The promotion of urban environments that are rich in vegetation and nature is central to his teaching and research. This work combines and integrates his background and experience in both horticulture and ecology. While ecological ideas in landscape architecture have usually been applied at the larger scale, his focus is generally at the smaller scale: in gardens, urban parks, and on and around buildings and in high-density built development. His well-known projects include the planting of the London 2012 Olympic Park, gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show, John Lewis Rain Garden and the Barbican Roof Garden.

All profits from the talk will go to our “Schools into Gardening Programme”. The “Schools into Gardening Programme” has been running for over six years and has enabled the trust to provide financial support to gardening projects in a number of local schools. This year the Trust has committed grants in excess of £1000, including work with Croft C of E Primary School, trips to Kelmarsh walled garden for inner city schools such as Granby Primary School, and a student award at Brooksby College.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust is a voluntary organisation and a registered charity. The Trust brings together people from all walks of life who are devoted to protecting our landscape, parks and gardens giving their members the opportunity to learn more about garden heritage and how to protect it for future generations.