This week Palmstead Nursery hosted its annual workshop.
This was called” Native or Non-native, which is best?”
The speakers included Nigel Dunnett, Tony Kirkham and Chris Baines.
There has been a rigid policy in local authorities to favour native plants.
This discussion showed that a more flexible approach is needed.
Tony Kirkham reviewed trees from around the world.
Nigel Dunnett, who designed the Olympic garden, put the case for biodiversity in using non-native species in designs.
Chris Baines explained the importance of “Time out” places in built up areas to alleviate stress.
The day was chaired by Nick Coslett of Palmstead.
His work in organising this wonderful event must be acknowledged.
In the question and answer section he won my vote by suggesting that our local Bramley Apple tree should be planted in schools.