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Planted Partners With National Trust For Sustainable Design Event At Stourhead

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Planted is delighted to announce a new partnership with the National Trust will see its next event staged at Stourhead in a creative heartland on the Wiltshire-Somerset border.

Following the success of last September’s launch event at King’s Cross, London, Planted Country will bring together design-led businesses, brands and organisations who place nature and sustainability at their core, while working with local environmental and design experts, searching for solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Based around the principles of biophilic design, exploring the health and creative benefits of connecting with nature, Planted Country will take place from 30 April to 2 May, presenting sustainable design, a high-calibre talks programme, nature-based workshops and a botanical market.

"It’s very exciting to be teaming up with an organisation like the National Trust, whose vision for restoring nature and combating climate change is shared by all of us at Planted,” said Planted co-founder Sam Peters.

“Stourhead is an iconic venue surrounded by ancient woodlands, forests and rivers which are the very systems we need to work together to protect, preserve and restore for future generations.

“We hope through Planted Country, visitors to Stourhead will be educated, inspired and motivated to play their part in changing the way we design, think and interact with spaces, systems and landscapes to retore balance with nature.”

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Planted Unearthed talks programme 2022 

With growing awareness of the need to protect land for future generations and the role it can play in mitigating climate risk, Planted Country’s six-part talks programme will explore why land matters for food, farming and nature.

Led by biophilic design expert Oliver Heath and former Sunday Times journalist Peters, the “Save Our Soil” talks programme will bring together leading thinkers in nature, design and food production in a stunning location at the centre of one of England’s most established creative communities on the outskirts of Frome.

"I am delighted the National Trust has agreed to collaborate with Planted for this exciting event at Stourhead,” said Patrick Begg, outdoors and natural resources director, National Trust.
“Having been part of the talks programme at Planted’s last event in London in September, I can speak with first-hand experience about the integrity and calibre of the partners and organisations who attend their events.
“I am very pleased that the Trust is collaborating with an organisation which shares our values and beliefs when it comes to delivering positive environmental change and reconnecting people with nature.

In a bid to make events sustainable, Planted Country is committed to sending zero-waste to landfill while insisting all exhibitors and partners meet minimum sustainability criteria.

In line with Planted’s policy, all stands and installations will be designed to be reused, recycled or repurposed while all physical signage at the event will be made out of recycled waste plastic.

Every measure will be made to reduce waste, with an emphasis on sourcing local produce and reducing our impact on the land.

"Events have historically been hugely wasteful but we are committed to changing practices around building and producing them,” said Planted co-founder and event director Deborah Spencer.

“By attempting to run the event sustainably it adds a significant layer of additional work for our experienced team but we have no doubt it’s what needs to be done.

“We showed what could be achieved at our London event in September when we welcomed more than 6,500 visitors but still managed to reduce waste compared to like-for-like design events by more than 90 per cent.

“No waste from our events will end up in landfill and we aim to showcase best practice when it comes to packaging, recycling and environmentally-focused design.”

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Source : Planted and National Trust

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16 February 2022

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