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KBBS Report of the Month

Our Bursary is funded by a generous donation from the estate of Mr Kenneth Black providing small bursaries to students and people who are employed in horticulture. 
You can find details of the scheme and how to apply on the main bursary scheme page.  Here we regularly feature a report from one of the beneficiaries.

The Kenneth Black Bursary Scheme will consider giving financial support for horticultural workshops, conferences and symposiums, as in this case:

Report of the Month - September 2021

Beth Chatto Symposium - August 30-31 2018
Sophie Walwin

The Beth Chatto Symposium: Ecological Planting in the 21st Century, took place on 30-31 August 2018 at the University of Essex, Colchester.
This event might be seen in years to come as the moment a new phase in the ‘New Perennial’ movement began, heralding in the ‘Ecological Planting’ era. Beth Chatto died a few months before the symposium, which was devised to celebrate her work and garden in her 95th year, however her legacy will endure, as was made clear over the twoday series of lectures and discussions.

The idea for the symposium was conceived by Amy Sanderson, a Canadian gardener and florist who has spent some time working at the Beth Chatto Gardens in recent years, and was organised by Amy, Garden and Nursery Director, Dave Ward and Head Gardener, Åsa Gregers-Warg.

500 people from 26 countries were present for this seminal event and there was definitely an air of excitement throughout.


Read the full report here

A selection of other reports may be found here

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