Seminars at Spring Futurescape a resounding success

on Sunday, 17 March 2019. Posted in News

We are pleased to report that our day of seminars at Futurescape went well and as a result we have a short over view for those of you who missed them.

But first of all we'd like to thank Futurescape for inviting us and organising things for us and to our technician Jamie who kept us running smoothly. Thank you to those who came along to support us and of course our thanks go to the speakers who made the day a resounding success..

Our Chair, Madeleine Evans of Tivoli Services Ltd was on hand to introduce speakers and keep the show running smoothly.

Audience 2

Trends
Chanel de Kock of the Flower Council of Holland gave us a fascinating talk about how trends come about - a whole host of influences from politics, finance and general happenings around the world to things closer to home. And finally how these are translated into the plants that are in vogue and how they are displayed.

Chanel seminar

Project Design
David Grace, a director at Indoor Garden Design took us through the very interesting process with their project for Sky in their new 45,000m2 flagship building in West London housing over 3,500 employees over three floors. The who design including the planting has made it a space that nobody wants to leave! 

David Grace

An overview of some of the more intricate installations that plants@work members have carried out over the years was given by plants@work's Coll Smith.

Green Walls
Three companies gave a brief overview of what their company offers. Paul Garlick of Mobilane kicked off the proceedings explaining the size of their company and their accessability together with details of their other services from technical support, training and plant and specimen research.

Paul Mobilane

Dave Austen of Biotecture gave us the low down on Biotecture's system and an insight into several of their well known projects seen around the capital both inside and outside of buildings. They also explained the many benefits of outdoor green walls including removing air pollutants, reducing urban temperatures, thermal benefits for buildings, improving biodiversity, attenuating rain water and reducing noise.

Dave Austen

Completing this seminar, Jan Breedijk of Nieuwkoop Europe gave us the low-down into Bin Fen's system which like the other two is suitable for inside or outside and for plants in soil or hydroculture.

Pests and Diseases
If you love creepy-crawlies, Neil Helyer's seminar for Fargro on pests and diseases and how to protect or treat plants was fascinating. Neil has a wide knowledge of which pests on which plant and how to treat them. So lots of great advice on how to keep your plants healthy.

Neil

Big trees
Then back in the spotlight for Jan Breedijk of Nieuwkoop Europe talking about big trees and their journey from the plantation to greenhouse to site installation! Not surprisingly his presentation was entitled 'The Bigger the Plant the Bigger the Challenge'. No mean feat when we are talking about 8 ft+ trees.

Jan

The BRE Biophilic Design Research Porject
Our last session was a panel discussion centred around the BRE research project into biophilic design. Flavie Lowres of BRE outlined the project while Kenneth Freeman of Ambius and Richard Sabin of Biotecture explained their involvement.

Kenneth Flavie and Richard

From the L: Kenneth, Flavie and Richard

The project is taking place in occupied offices at BRE with data being collected now prior to the biophilic installation with monitoring continuing for a year after installation. They hope this will give employers practical interventions that employers can implement to improve health and wellbeing.

plants@work is a dissemination partner for this project.

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