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Festival of Urban Landscapes for Nature and People

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Hilldrop House and Gardens

Horndon-on-the-Hill

SS17 8QB

United Kingdom

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Welcome to the first ever Festival of Urban Landscapes for Nature and People!

Gathering to celebrate resilient cities filled with nature.

The full weekend programme is below – a great line-up of UK and international experts and activists including Laura Gatti, Ed Snodgrass, Dusty Gedge, Arit Anderson, Gary Grant, Sara Venn, Wendy Allen, John Little and more.

We will be celebrating ways to design city landscapes and buildings for nature and people – from plant selection, architecture and site design to the detail of green roofs and walls and good landscape management.

The Festival is hosted by greenspace manager of Clapton Park Estate John Little and his wife Fiona Crummay at Hilldrop, their beautiful self-build house and four acres of wildlife landscapes and gardens, created over the last 20 years (Gardeners’ World, BBC2 August 2017 17mins in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scMqloyUwXQ). Camping is available, all catering (vegetarian) is included.

Friday from 6pm you're welcome to come and relax around the camp fire. You can camp at Hilldrop until Sunday, or stay at the lovely Bell Inn or other nearby places - see Accommodation below.

The Festival starts officially on Saturday morning with presentations and discussions from international and national experts working in the UK and around the world on greening cities. The full programme is below.

Saturday afternoon, there is a choice of workshops, including brownfield landscape design, a tour of Hilldrop's green roofs and community rain garden design. At the end of Saturday afternoon, we come together to share our experience.

On Saturday evening there's dinner, drinks and chatting by the camp fire, with entertainment from local musicians – bring an instrument and join in!

On Sunday morning with breakfast, we'll see what the Moth traps have brought in. More discussions follow and informal workshops with experts Ed Snodgrass, Laura Gatti, Dusty Gedge, Arit Anderson and others. The festival ends officially after Sunday lunch.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing a common dream of resilient cities filled with nature and beauty!

Hilldrop Gardens - 4 acres of wildlife and brownfield landscapes

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Friday 20th July

Arrival from 6pm for anyone camping, relaxing around an evening camp fire

Saturday 21st July

Introduction

Facilitated by Sara Venn of Edible Bristol

John Little and Dusty Gedge The joy of nature in the city, Festival outline

Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knolls Farms, Maryland Cities and plants for nature, beauty and delight

Gary Grant, Green Infrastructure Consultancy Working with nature for climate resilience

Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter (tbc) Lessons from Great Dixter

Coffee and cakes

Changing cities for people and nature

Laura Gatti, Studio Laura Gatti Living proof - integrating nature into buildings and urban landscapes - Bosco Verticale Milan, Nanjing Vertical Forest, Forêt Blanche Paris

Richard Scott The wildflowers of our cities

Sara Venn, Edible Bristol Community activism in the city

Introduction to afternoon workshops

Lunch in the gardens

Afternoon workshops

John Little, Greenspace Manager of Clapton Park Estate Hackney, Director of the Grass Roof Company Urban landscapes for people and wildlife

Arit Anderson, Diamond Hill Garden Design, Gardeners' World Garden design using Hilldrop examples for discussion

Tea and cakes

Dusty Gedge, Livingroofs.org, President of the EFB European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations Green roof design approaches - with green roof tour and discussion

Wendy Allen, Wendy Allen Garden Design Designing and building community rain gardens, with examples from Ramsbury School

Gathering together to share our experience.

Saturday Evening

Dinner and drinks, music, entertainment and more discussions around the camp fire

Sunday 22nd July

Breakfast Discover what the Moth traps have brought in

Morning Continue discussions and informal workshops with Laura Gatti, Ed Snodgrass, John and Fiona, Dusty Gedge, Arit Anderson, Wendy Allen and others. Explore Hilldrop’s wildlife gardens, invertebrate landscapes, water designs and green roofs.

Lunch and depart

Sand and bee planters at Hilldrop

Presenters

Laura Gatti, Studio Laura Gatti - Award-winning international designer along with Stefano Boeri Architetti of projects such as the Bosco Verticale Milan, Nanjing Vertical Forest, Forêt Blanche Paris and other developments, adding hectares of urban forest to vertical landscapes.

www.lauragatti.it

Ed Snodgrass, Emory Knolls Farms President of Emory Knolls Farms, Maryland USA, award-winning nurseryman, green roof and horticulture specialist.

https://www.greenroofplants.com/about/our-people/

Wendy Allen, Wendy Allen Designs Award-winning garden designer, Best Sustainable Garden, RHS Hampton Court 2009

www.wendyallendesigns.co.uk

Arit Anderson, Diamond Hill Garden Designs Gold Medal Winner Near Future Garden, Hampton Court 2016, teaching at Capel Manor, TV presenter Gardeners' World BBC2

https://twitter.com/diamondhill2012

Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter Head Gardener and Tutor, Great Dixter House and Gardens

https://www.greatdixter.co.uk/learning/tutors/fergus-garrett/

Dusty Gedge, Livingroofs.org Green roof activist and urban ecologist, founder and Director of Livingroofs.org, Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, President of the EFB European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations, co-author of Small Green Roofs and The Green Roof DIY Guide

https://livingroofs.org/

https://greenrooftraining.com/john-little-dusty-gedge/

https://greeninfrastructureconsultancy.com/

Gary Grant, Green Infrastructure Consultancy Ecologist, environmentalist and urban habitat designer with over 30 years’ experience integrating habitats and wildlife into urban landscapes, Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, author of Ecosystem Services Come to Town and The Water Sensitive City, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Managers.

https://greeninfrastructureconsultancy.com/

John Little, Grass Roof Company Ground-breaking brownfield/urban landscape designer, greenspace manager of Clapton Park Estate Hackney, the 'Poppy Estate', Director of the Grass Roof Company and Green Roof Shelters, co-author of Small Green Roofs and The Green Roof DIY Guide

https://www.grassroofcompany.co.uk/

http://greenroofshelters.co.uk/

https://greenrooftraining.com/

Richard Scott Wildlife plant expert and activist, former senior manager of Landlife, the National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool.

https://theecologist.org/2011/jul/12/campaign-hero-richard-scott-landlife

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifbPCMyqcW8

Sara Venn, Edible Bristol Community organiser and activist, food grower and educator

http://saravenn.com/speaking-workshops/

Tom Music and meadow chat

https://www.naturebureau.co.uk


Supporters

The event is supported by Inside Ecology and Kate Priestman Co-Founder and Editor of Inside Ecology

www.insideecology.com www.katepriestman.com


Crushed concrete and water for bugs and plants


Catering

All food and refreshments are included (vegetarian). Dietary requirements? We are happy to cater for you, just let us know.

Travelling to the Festival

By Train: From London come to Laindon Station on the C2C mainline from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness. We can collect you from Laindon Station on Saturday morning and drop you back at the end of the event.

By Bicycle: Find your route on the Sustrans website using the postcode SS17 8QB. Or bring your bike by train to Stanford-le-Hope (2.5 miles) or Laindon (6 miles) and cycle from there. There is plenty of bike parking at Hilldrop.

By Car: There is car parking either at Hilldrop or in Hordon-on-the-Hill a mile from Hilldrop - we can collect you and drop you back there at the end of the event.

Accommodation

Camping: You are welcome to camp at Hilldrop for the weekend. Come on Friday evening or Saturday morning and stay until Sunday, let us know.

Hotels and B&Bs:

The Bell, Horndon-on-the-Hill https://www.bell-inn.co.uk/

AirBnB places to stay https://www.airbnb.co.uk/

Essex tourist information http://www.visitessex.com/


What to bring with you

Bring sun or rain gear, sturdy footwear for the gardens and green roofs, water bottle, hat, sun cream and all the usual stuff.

The gardens at Hilldrop are fantastic - you are welcome to photograph, video, paint or draw them as you wish.

On Saturday evening, local acoustic musicians will be playing – you’re welcome to bring an instrument and join in.


Any questions?

Just get in touch: John Little grassroofcompany@gmail.com 07967 733 720


Aerial view of Hilldrop House and 4 acres of wildlife gardens, green roofs and brownfield landscapes

Hilldrop house and gardens aerial view

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Horndon-on-the-Hill

SS17 8QB

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