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Dan Pearson and Laura Gatti to headline Palmstead Nurseries Soft Landscape Workshop 2018

Palmstead’s Workshop 2018 on Wednesday 24 January plans to throw a light on eco urban architecture and the rise of vertical forests and roof gardens.

As the urban jungle grows year on year and city populations swell around the world, the question of how to mitigate pollution and climate change has been taken up by an innovative group of landscape architects and garden designers.

Palmstead Nurseries hope to provide answers to these questions and more at their 10th annual workshop, also marking the start of the company’s 50th year of trading.

Nick Coslett, marketing manager at Palmstead said: “The pressure is on to find a solution to the biggest question faced by those of us working in planning, design and construction namely: how do we mitigate pollution, encourage biodiversity and create solutions for future generations of city dwellers? Planting on podium decks over structures, with their greater soil depths, allows structural multi-level planting providing greater benefits, niches and ecosystem services. At Palmstead 2018 we hope that the Soft Landscape Workshop will not only address these issues but inspire more designers and architects to embrace the idea of greening every surface.”

Dan Pearson and Laura Gatti have been engaged as key note speakers at Palmstead Nurseries forthcoming Soft Landscape Workshop and will be speaking about vertical forests and gardens over structures.

Dan Pearson, the RHS multi-award winning landscape designer and Laura Gatti, agronomist and co-designer of the ‘Bosco Verticale’ (Vertical Forest) in Milan, will speak about increasing biodiversity in design, selecting the right plants and trees for vertical, balcony and roof schemes as well as looking at the reasons why the industry needs to look in greater depth at greening every surface.

This important trend of greening roof spaces has taken hold in London with 1.3 million square-feet of roofs now has green coverage, according to

The plants we choose and the soil we use are paramount to the success of these green spaces in the sky.  Leading independent soil scientist and landscape engineering consultant Tim O’Hare has been invited to speak at Palmstead’s Soft Landscape Workshop in January and hopes to share the secrets to success enjoyed in his portfolio of projects which include: the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Battersea Power Station, Jubilee Gardens, Terminal 5 Heathrow and Ascot Racecourse.

Palmstead’s Soft Landscape Workshop will be held on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at the Ashford International Hotel in Kent.

This year the company will be celebrating their 10th annual workshop and also mark the start of the company’s 50th year of trading. Nick Coslett adds: “It is a special year for us at Palmstead and we feel it’s incumbent upon us to tackle the biggest topics head on. If we are to produce good urban and public realm spaces for future generations then we need to urgently address the greening of our cities. Dan Pearson, Tim O’Hare and Laura Gatti are leading the field and we are sure they will inspire our delegates to grasp the nettle and think outside the box.”

The Soft Landscape Workshop regularly attracts an audience of up to 300 professional practitioners ranging from garden designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors and green space managers.

To book a place please visit:  where you will also find further information and news on additional speakers and the range of hand picked suppliers featuring at our regular exhibition.

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