Gardeners’ World presenter to attend city’s green heritage event

The Westgate Gardens looking towards Westgate Towers

BBC Two Gardeners’ World presenter Nick Bailey will be coming to Canterbury to give the opening presentation at one of the first conferences about green heritage in the country.

The best-selling author and Chelsea Flower Show medallist will be highlighting the importance of “greening the urban environment” at a time when there is pressure to build houses.

There will also be talks from Drs Karen Jones and Eirini Sratsi who will examine the history of green spaces while RHS winner Kevin Hughes will provide tips about ways of making gardens, streets and parks more wildlife-friendly.

Canterbury’s Poet Laureate Lemn Sissay will also read a poem inspired by the River Stour.

The day will also see the announcement of the Canterbury in Bloom School Competition.

Attendees will also be invited to enjoy walking tours of the Cathedral, the Stour and Canterbury Christ Church University’s green spaces.

The event is being financed by Canterbury Connected BID, the University of Kent and Canterbury City Council, enabling tickets to be heavily subsidised – £10 per person including lunch and a walking tour.

It takes place at the Cathedral Lodge on Saturday, October 6 with registration starting at 9.30am. The walking tours round off the event. They start at 4pm.

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