The Outdoors Conference

Enjoying the barefoot walk at the Outdoors Conference © Lesley Law

Enjoying the barefoot walk at the Outdoors Conference

Latest update 27.08.2013 17:08

As we bid farewell to warm days, a backwards glance reminds us of all the great outdoors activities that were happening at our places throughout the summer months.

Outdoor Conference

Much of this and more was celebrated and debated on a sunny day in Derbyshire at Hardwick Hall as 130 gardeners, rangers, consultants and volunteers from across the Midlands came together for the first region-wide Outdoors Conference.

With a variety of speakers and workshops there was plenty of opportunity to share skills, discuss ideas and exchange top tips. Hot topics included; ‘Building a good plant selling business’, ‘What does ‘Sport for All’ look like, Post-Olympics?’, and ‘Introducing art into the landscape’.

Conference Feedback

Heather Aston, Head Gardener at Upton House and member of the conference organizing team said ’The conference was a really great networking opportunity, a chance to learn hands on skills, pick up new ideas and go away feeling that you were enabled to play a very important role in the Outdoors.’

Rounding off with number 24 from the list of 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ the whole team pulled off socks and boots and went on a walk barefoot!