Gardening professionals from Morocco, Spain and England have joined together in Essaouira for the International Landscape Conference initiated by REEP. Today conference attendees had time get to know one another in preparation for the first day of the conference tomorrow.
Our Director’s husband, Richard McLaren, generously treated the conference participants to canapés and drinks at the Heure Bleu hotel, where we all enjoyed seeing the beautiful roof terrace and the tropical planting in the courtyard.
More About the Conference:
This year the ‘SHORE TO SHORE’ Festival initiated by REEP focuses on Gardens, recognising COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development. By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference explores ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces. The conference takes place in Marrakech and Essaouira, Morocco.
Presentations have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The expected outcomes of the conference include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.
Rebecca Ashbey, Cressing Temple Garden, Essex
Sam Crosfield, Royal College of Physicians’ Garden, London
M’barek L’Harcha, Provincial Director of Education, Essaouira
Hassan Hargoune, CHAMS Association for Mental Health, Marrakech
Glyn Jones Head of Gardens, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Souad Layadi, Regional Co-ordinator of Sustainable Development, Académie de la Région de Marrakech-Safi
Ricardo Librero Landscape Architect, Seville
Neil Miller, Head of Gardens, Hever Castle
Ouidad Tebbaa, Professor, Cadi Ayyad University
Projects in Action:
Amal Women’s Project, Marrakech
The ‘Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden’ at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech
Collège El Jadida, Essaouira
Eco-School ‘11th January’, Marrakech
Environmental Education Centre (CEE), Marrakech
Saada Psychiatric Hospital, Marrakech
The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.