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                                                             RHS event

 RHS and Plant Societies, Sharing our Expertise Workshop   at The Hillside Event Centre, RHS Garden Wisley on Thursday 9th November from 10.30 – 15.15.

 Spaces are limited so please reserve your place as soon as possible by contacting Vanessa Penn at vanessapenn@rhs.org.uk.  Please note your delegate badge will be prioritised as to whether you are a member of a Committee, Forum or Plant Society and many of you are members of more than one of these,  so if you would like it to highlight a particular membership please let me know.

Tea & coffee will be served from 10.00am, and again at 15.15, and a packed lunch will be provided.  The agenda is currently being finalised but the draft outline for the day is as follows.

 Welcome from Chairman Barry Newman
Welcome from Vanessa Penn –
find out about any updates relevant to Plant Societies, new opportunities to promote your society to RHS visitors, and upcoming workshops available for Plant Societies.
Straight from the Mouth
- two of our Plant Societies will talk about their current projects and what they’re planning for 2018.
Plant Health Update
– A representative from the Horticultural Trades association will be presenting their new Plant Health Assurance Scheme, and APHA will be talking about new and emerging horticultural pests.
RHS Updates
·         Welcome from Chris Moncrieff, the new Head of Horticultural Relations at the RHS
·     What’s happening at Wisley in 2018
·        What space and events are available to Plant Societies across the RHS
·         A look at the fifth garden at RHS Bridgewater – how is work progressing
·         Plant AwardsThe latest update on this issue and how will it affect Plant Societies Various displays and the chance to discuss updated online resources for cultivated plants and the RHS Herbarium Open discussion and networking as well as time for Q&A and feedback.  

The day will offer as much opportunity as possible to network, so as well as providing the packed lunch you are very welcome to stay and chat after the Chairman’s round up at the end of the day, where refreshments will be available to give you more time to talk to each other and available RHS representatives.  

This email has been sent to main Plant Society contacts but other people within the society who may be interested in attending will be very welcome.

A full agenda and joining instructions will be sent out in October to those who have booked a place. 

If any member is interested in attending please contact Vanessa Penn direct on:-