26th Annual Conference

Event Details

    4/10/2018 18:00
    Annual Conference
    Market Place Theatre, City of Armagh

    Conference fee: £175.00 / €198.00.

    Including coffee/tea, luncheons & dinner.
    Students fee excluding dinner £60 / €80.

    (Limited offer to those who can demonstrate they are registered on an approved course in horticulture/architecture/landscape design.)



    Our urban landscapes contain a rich and varied heritage of shared green spaces such as town squares, public and municipal parks, botanic gardens, tree-lined streets, public walks, allotments and detached town gardens. Some have evolved organically through time, others are the product of careful urban landscape design, especially from the early twentieth century when, following the influence of Ebenezer Howard and others, there was a strong emphasis on soft landscaping. In addition to examining these historic developments, this conference will seek to highlight dangers to this heritage and efforts made towards its conservation.


    Ecclesiastical capital of Ireland from medieval times, this medium-sized county town boasts two cathedrals and is the seat of the two Archbishops of Armagh and Primates of All Ireland. While of ancient origin, much of the present town’s rich architectural legacy derives from the eighteenth century linen trade; this includes the Royal School (founded 1608); the astronomical observatory (1790); the renowned public library (1771) and former archbishop’s palace (1770). The city’s historic Georgian fabric with its fine terraces, incorporates a number of green spaces, notably the eight-acre former town common, The Mall, now a tree-lined promenade in the heart of the city.



    6.00pm Registration, Reception and Refreshment
    Venue: Archbishop’s Palace
    7.30pm Chairman’s introduction (NIHGT)
    Welcome from Julie Flaherty, Lord Mayor
    of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon
    Margaret Gormley
    Urban Heritage Landscapes and Their
    Role in Tourism


    9.15am David Lambert
    The Parks Renaissance: the Heritage Lottery Fund and Urban Parks, 1996–2017
    10.30am Christy Boylan
    Urban Trees and the Tree Council of Ireland
    11.15am Graham Hickey
    Dublin’s Five Georgian Squares
    12.00pm John McCullen
    The Phoenix Park – from Pastureland to Landscape Park
    1.00pm Lunch
    2.00pm Site Visit
    Armagh City
    7.30pm Dinner
    Venue: Armagh City Hotel
    Patrick Bowe
    Dublin’s Urban Parks – three centuries of design


    9.30am Mark Johnston
    A History of Street Trees
    10.30 Harry Watkins
    Management of Street Trees in Sheffield
    11.10am Ben Simon
    Urban Woodlands Around Belfast
    11.50am Reg Maxwell
    Belfast Botanic Gardens Through the Years
    1.00pm Lunch
    2.00pm Mary Forrest
    Allotments in Dublin 1900–1950
    2.40pm Leslie Moore
    Greening the City: from Plan to Pollinators
    3.15pm Mervyn Miller
    The Garden City Movement: historic precedents


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    Posted: 20/7/2018

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