Wakehurst Place, home to Kew Gardens Millennium Seed Bank, is hosting this years Annual Supporters Meeting on Saturday the 21st June.
The morning starts from 10.30 am with an open session which supporters, members and all those who are interested in the work of ITF are invited to attend. Getting the morning underway will be a welcome from ITF’s chair Professor Roger Leakey, a well known tree biologist and author of “Living with the Trees of Life”.
The first of our two fascinating guest speakers will be author and forest scientist Gabriel Hemery, who will share his story of producing his first book “The New Sylva”. He will also be talking about his work as Chief Executive of the Sylva Foundation and their successful project ‘One Oak’ which engaged with young people and the public in the full life story of one oak tree.
With beautiful Wakehurst as a backdrop to our annual meeting it is very fitting that the second of our presentations is on the role of trees and botanical gardens in sustainable land use and in the mitigation of climate change. Giving the talk will be Kevin Frediani, Head of Sustainable Land Use at Bicton College, formerly the botanical curator at Paignton Zoo.
Bringing the morning session to a close will be an inspiring update of ITF’s work over the past year from Director Andy Egan. Lunch is available to buy at the café or restaurant.
For our formally registered Supporters, the AGM begins at 1.30pm. After which AGM attendees can visit the Millennium Seed Bank and the Gardens for which Kew have kindly offered free entry for registered Supporters.
If you are not a registered supporter we would be delighted to see you at our morning session and would greatly appreciate any voluntary donation to help support our work. If you would like to visit the gardens and the Seed Bank, the normal entrance fees will apply. Please could you let us know if you would like to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org For full details of the days programme and travel instructions, please click here.