Naturally a ladies-eye view of what to do in the grounds of the Royal Brompton Hospital are slightly different (but not always) to those of men. And so it was that the new elected VP of the ICF was drawn to the Chelsea Flower Show 2019, attiring herself in an outfit that would give the flowers and assorted presenters a good run for their money. A quick divert down the Old Kings Rd, and a skirt festooned with flowers was all ready to enter the fray. With Compton the faithful SHA Retriever faithfully parked outside in the 'Retriever Parking Only' spot (dress code order for this one thank you), she made her way with some dispatch to the 'Resilience Garden', put together by the Forestry Commission, where she was met by Steve Scott, Area Director. After a quick catch up, she found herself behind the cordon and halfway up the grain silo, gazing across the site before being asked to leave by Steve, for the reason that the skirt was, apparently, outdoing the flowers.
Another great success for Chris Neilan and CAVAT! The first event of the year, held at FirstSite in Colchester, was sold out within a few weeks of going on sale and the 20 delegates, from the private and public sector, enjoyed good weather for another day of essential training with in-depth analysis of CAVAT, and practical field work in the magnificent surroundings of Castle Park. Sharon Hosegood and Luke Faye discussed their forthcoming Canopy and CAVAT valuations of development sites over years, projecting forward existing and new planting. A document on this will be circulated soon.
For those who missed this course, more are planned but take note, the next date, on the20th June, is booked already, so if you'd like to be placed on a cancellation list, let Noel at SHA know as soon as possible.