Connecting People with Places Conference programme

The bgen Annual Conference 2016 focuses on Connecting People with Places: making a difference to everyone’s lives.

Themes for the workshop sessions and tours this year are:

  • Connecting with people – meaningful engagement with communities
  • Connecting with places – bringing landscapes to life
  • Connecting with mind, body and soul – wellbeing and happiness

You will have the opportunity to take part in workshop sessions, tours and presentations from a range of inspiring organisations working at the forefront of connecting people with places.



Wednesday 2nd November 2016


  • Registration and coffee (9 – 9.45am)
  • Welcome
  • Introduction to The Alnwick Garden – talk and themed tours
  • bgen AGM

AFTERNOON: Workshop sessions led by:

  • THRIVE (Enabling people with health and wellbeing support needs to connect to the therapeutic value of plants and gardens)
  • Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (Geocaching)
  • Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (Using arts and health to make connections to the wider landscape)
  • Gail Bromley MBE (World Heritage Sites and Landscape Values)

EVENING: ‘Making’ session and networking!

Thursday 3rd November 2016

Workshop sessions led by:

  • University of Leicester Botanic Garden (Development at all costs; How can Botanic Gardens facilitate debate?)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Working with people living with dementia and their carers in ‘here and now’)
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens (The Who, How and Why of Community Engagement: How to make community engagement meaningful and why this is important)
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ( Connecting with Diverse Communities through Edible Gardening)
  • The Alnwick Garden (Drama in the Poison Garden)
  • Kate Measures (Personal Action Planning – how to turn ideas from the Conference into action)

EVENING: Conference Dinner, floodlit gardens, quiz  and ceilidh

Friday 4th November 2016

MORNING: Workshops by

  • Grow Wild (Finding the ‘hook’ to engage a nation; practical and online techniques for outreach learning)
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • John Muir Trust (How do people connect with, enjoy and care for our natural environment using the John Muir Award?)

AFTERNOON (optional); Tour around Howick Gardens