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GLDA to host annual design seminar next month

The speakers at the GLDA 2019 seminar. Photo: Vincent McMonagle.

A panel of Irish and international experts will deliver a timely and optimistic message at the upcoming live-streamed seminar entitled “PLAN Trees, PLANT Trees, PLANET Trees



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13 January 2022

Tickets for the Garden and Landscape Designer Association (GLDA) 26th Annual Design Seminar are now on sale.

Taking place 26 February, the seminar will see a panel of speakers discuss the role trees play in solving the climate crisis. Highly respected Irish and international experts will deliver a timely, and optimistic, message at the upcoming live-streamed seminar entitled “PLAN Trees, PLANT Trees, PLANET Trees”.

Speakers ranging from up-and-coming British designer Charlotte Harris and Ireland’s renowned tree expert Thomas Pakenham will tell the seminar that rather than feeling helpless about the climate crisis, we can be proactive and plant more trees.

The line-up of inspirational Irish and international experts also includes Dutch landscape architect Thijs Dolders, a committed user of trees in his designs, and Gerald Mills, associate professor of Geography at UCD. They will share their knowledge and show how by using creative design we can add more trees to our landscape, streetscape, and gardens.

There is scope to double tree cover in cities, but this is not being achieved because of a sometimes negative perception of trees in urban settings. The speakers will highlight how opportunities for urban forests in our parks, gardens, streets, squares, riparian corridors, and rooftops can provide major health benefits for communities, pollution reduction, and flood amelioration, as well as being havens for wildlife and biodiversity. Recent research in the UK found that a single Oak tree can support an astonishing 2,300 species.

The seminar comes against the worrying backdrop of a more than 1oC rise in global temperatures. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that global temperatures must not rise above 1.5oC. Speakers will detail how trees are the ultimate machine for carbon capture, locking away atmospheric CO2 for centuries in trunk, roots, leaves, deadwood and surrounding soils and vegetation.

The panel of experts will pose challenging but necessary questions and suggest positive actions. Can you grow small trees on your balcony or larger groups of trees in your garden? If you have already replaced your lawn with wildflowers, can you go another step and grow a small woodland? Can you get involved in a community-led project to plant more trees or protect existing trees and woodland?

The seminar will hear that rather than feeling helpless and wondering what we can do as individuals, there is something beneficial we can do for the planet: plant more trees.

Tickets to watch the GLDA seminar livestreamed on 26 February 2022 and access to videos of the keynote talks available on demand after the event, are on sale now on

  • Full, Pre-Reg and Corporate Members & Friends of the GLDA: €60
  • Friend + 1 year subscription: €110
  • Student + 1 year membership: €45
  • Non-Member: €70

For further information contact Peter Stam at

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