‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY TWO

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY TWO

Today, our gardening professionals from Morocco, Spain and England travelled east to Marrakech for the second day of the ‘Growing Gardeners’ Landscape Conference. Here are some of the highlights…

In the first session of the day we visited a number of sites to see projects in action, including:

Conference participants visit the garden of a psychiatric hospital in Marrakech

The garden of a Marrakech Psychiatric Hospital

 

Students perform an Eco-song for conference participants at the Eco School '11 Janvier', Marrakech

Eco-School ‘11th January’. Everyone was very inspired by the work the school is doing to encourage students to respect and care for the environment. They even performed a delightful Eco-song for us!

 

Lunch at the Amal Women's Project in Marrakech

We stopped for lunch at the Amal Women’s Training Centre and Moroccan Restaurant. We had a talk from the inspirational director, Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald.

 

Conference Participants are given a tour of the water cycle exhibit at Environmental Education Centre (CEE), Marrakech

After lunch, we visited the Environmental Education Centre Marrakech (CEE). Here, we received a tour of a Model exhibition of Marrakech’s water system by the CEE Director, Brahim Chitaoui.

 

Conference participants on the stage in the Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Finally, we visited Cadi Ayyad University Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences to see the Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden which REEP helped to create in 2014.

 

The Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University.

The Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University. You may remember that we were restoring it a couple of weeks ago. Well, now it is looking lovely indeed!

 

Conference participants watch Sarah and Heather perform Shakespeare on the stage in the Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Our Shore to Shore actors, Sarah and Heather, treated us to a Shakespearean performance on the stage within the garden, and the French department performed for us too.

 

 

We finished the day with discussions on the theme of ‘Gardens, Sustainability and Tourism’. We had presentations by…

Glyn Jones, Head of Gardens for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Glyn Jones, Head of Gardens, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

 

Ricardo Librero, Landscape Architect, Seville, presents at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Ricardo Librero, Landscape Architect, Seville, presents at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

 

Then all too soon it was time to return to Essaouira…

Conference Participants visit an Organ Cooperative outside Essaouira

Conference Participants visited an argan cooperative outside Essaouira on the journey home from Marrakech

 

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.

 

Hommage:

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.

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