Ipswich: Trinity Park tree event attracts biggest audience

Autumn horticultural conference: Carol Gurney, Roy Lancaster, Giles Coode-Adams, Hugh Johnson and To

Autumn horticultural conference: Carol Gurney, Roy Lancaster, Giles Coode-Adams, Hugh Johnson and Tony Kirkham - Credit: Archant

A horticultural event focusing on trees attracted the biggest turnout for an event of its kind at Ipswich’s Trinity Park.

More than 200 delegates attended The World of Trees, hosted by Suffolk Agricultural Association.

Internationally acclaimed speakers covered a range of topics offering practical ideas and inspiration to tree lovers.

Joint organiser John Dyter said the day, chaired by ex-RHS president Giles Coode-Adams, was “excellent”.

Author and arboriculturist Hugh Johnson explained the world of trees and Tony Kirkham taught new tricks for planting and enthused delegates to keep planting. Carol Gurney looked at faraway plants, and lifelong plantsman Roy Lancaster OBE examined the vast choice of trees that can be grown in the UK.


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“It was an excellent day,” said Mr Dyter. “The chairman’s most used word during the day was “fantastic” and so all the speakers were too. The tradestands were interesting and busy and the lunch prepared by Trinity Park was excellent.”

Tables were decorated with unusual and vibrant autumnal leaves by senior steward of Flower and Garden Experience Stephen Miles and his wife Petrina and various local nurseries lent trees to dress the stage. Barcham Trees also donated an oak and cornice to be planted in the grounds at Trinity Park, where several trees fell during the recent gales.

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