Trellis Conference


A big thank you to all delegates, presenters and workshop leaders for making it such a terrific day. Here's what you said was most useful about the 2017 conference:
"Validating about the work we do – the skills and experience in the sector and it’s growing confidence"
"Congratulations on another fantastic gathering ...simply superb"
"I found the whole event very useful: informative workshops, great networking"

"[As a] First time attender. I can’t express fully how useful this day has been."

The Trellis Annual Networking Conference provides:
- professional input from delegates, workshop presenters and keynote speakers
- networking opportunities - with over 100 delegates attending annually its easy to find many like- minded professionals and new perspectives
- project showcases, an opportunity to 'show of' your project
- training workshops, topics ranging from horticulture to therapeutic gardening and more...
- opportunities to survey opinion from delegates to inform services to the sector
- sponsorship/advertising opportunities - through donating prizes, renting market stall space and contributing to conference costs
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Volunteers - ways to engage, direct and retain our most valuable resource an interesting video from the conference

Photos from 2017 Conference

Raffle Prizes Donated by:

Freshfrontiers Consulting Ltd


Catherine Isherwood and Mike Buckley-Jones

Nutscene - The Ideal Garden Twine 
Made in Scotland

Rangers Charity Foundation


10th Birthday CakeThank you to everyone for celebrating our 10th Anniversary at the Trellis Annual Conference on the 11th March 2016. With over 100 delegates again this year, therapeutic gardening continues to be an important feature of the health landscape.Trellis conference 2016 Rachel Bragg

Dr Rachel Bragg, Development Coordinator, Care Farming UK delivered an animated and enlightening overview of therapeutic gardening, its place within green care and evidence of how it supports health and wellbeing. Click here for the presentation and the accompanying research paper

Celebrate Trellis’ 10th Anniversary with us.
Even more workshops, stalls and showcasing of therapeutic gardening in Scotland and abroad!  

Trellis Annual Conference Friday 11th March 2016
The Bield at Blackruthven, Tibbermore, Perth PH1 1PY
Cost: £55 / £45 for Trellis members (including lunch and refreshments)

Therapeutic garden showcases and presentations from Rachael Bragg (Academic Researcher & Care Farming UK Co-ordinator) and Liz Curtis (TG practitioner with military veterans, Northern Ireland)

Workshops  Top 10 Veg and How to grow them - Gardening Masterclass with Jim McColl, MBE…Therapeutic Gardening with Veterans …Mindfulness with Mandy Craig… Veg Box Scheme  with Southton Smallholding… Gardening for Mental Health Recovery… Engaging and retaining volunteers in a garden setting with Aldouran Wetlands Garden … Wildlife Gardening with Froglife … Taking cuttings & making a Mini Greenhouse-a practical session on adapting gardening for children with ASN but enjoyable for everyone!  with the RBGE   

Seed Swap Bring along your seeds to swap! Please click here for guidance!
Stalls  Keep Scotland Beautiful; The Horti Trades Association; The Caley: Grow & Learn; FCFCG…

Click this link for the flyer, please book using the Booking Form
A FREE bus will run from Perth Railway Station to the venue, see booking form for more details.


Trellis Conference 2015
9th National Therapeutic Gardening Conference - 12 March 2015
at the Bield at Blackruthven, Perth
This year 120 delegates had the opportunity to get an insider view of three therapeutic gardens, and a tour of Southton Smallholding maintained by a group of adults with learning disabilities.
With a choice of five workshops and plenty of opportunities to network with fellow professionals there was a lot packed into the day.
After registration and coffee Alex Davidson, Trellis director, welcomed the delegates to the Trellis conference and introduced the showcase presenters.


One of the highlights of the conference is to learn how other projects go about their therapeutic gardening work. Three very different gardening projects gave us a behind the scenes view of things, the problems faced and the progress made. It was a real inspiration to hear their stories.


NETWORKING, Sharing skills, knowledge and good practice

The conference is a once a year opportunity for practitioners to catch up and get inspiration from people right across the country, valued all the more by those whose project is remote. In recognition of this important function of our annual event, we scheduled plenty of time for networking. It was good to see many people making contact and sharing tips and ideas during coffee breaks, lunch and on the walk to      Southton Smallholding.
Feedback from delegates who went on this guided tour included:
‘The tour of Southton Smallholding was excellent.’
‘The project tour was outstanding and could have had a longer time.’
‘Visit to smallholding – [useful] seeing multiuse space.’ 

This year we had five workshops and delegates could choose two.
Jim McColl, MBE, Trellis patron held a question and answer workshop called Prevention is better than cure.
Feedback from attendees included:
 ‘The workshop was really useful. I really enjoyed hearing Jim’s traditional approach to gardening in a humorous and knowledgeable way.’ 

Froglife ran a workshop entitled Dragons in your Garden.
Amphibians are under threat from pollution, climate change, pet hunting, disease and competition from alien species. Participants learned how to encourage amphibians into the garden. Benefits include pest control, fewer pesticides, encourages pollinators, creates a relaxing and healthy aspect to the garden.

Jean Gavin offered a very informative workshop about the Grow and Learn Award Level 2 & 3. The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society brings together professional and amateur gardeners and developed the Grow and Learn award for those with complex learning difficulties (e.g. autism, mental health issues, trauma recovery). It has been a huge success with people in the Trellis network and so two new levels are in development.
Karen McMillan together with Margaret Kerr took us out in the woods during the Mindfulness in the Garden workshop. We took a short walk with a few stops, to slow down and become aware of how this affected us, then everyone sat in a circle. We were encouraged to use all five senses to develop a heightened awareness of our surroundings.

Rob Ford ran a session on Health & Safety in the Garden.
Feedback from attendees included:
‘[Will] apply H&S to new project. ’
‘Good Summary. Good opportunity to reflect on practice.’
‘Lively presentation.’


The Barn was our main auditorium, lunch and coffee space and a place to browse stalls and pick up all kinds of information.

Stalls included:
  • Trellis: Scottish Therapeutic Gardening Network
  • Froglife, Scottish Dragon Finder Project
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • Federation of City Farmers and Community Gardens
  • RCHS Grow and Learn: Recognition of Individual Achievement in Horticulture Award
    The Memory Bus from Alzheimer Scotland gave information about a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers.

Therapeutic garden projects from all over Scotland entered the photo exhibition.


New this year was the craft exhibition. Projects brought along beautiful craft and artwork on the day.

Feedback from conference evaluation forms and talking to people on the day confirmed that the conference was very well received. It lived up to many people’s expectations, providing a day of networking, inspiration and information. Some people wondered if the utensils were being recycled. The Bield assured us that all the lunch trays/utensils were recycled and/or composted.
Many delegates commented on how the knowledge and contacts gained at the conference will affect their work and/or the people they work with.
Here is a selection of delegates’ comments on what they learned and what action the conference inspired them to take: 
  • Develop RCHS ‘Grow & Learn’ for our project
  • Make use of mindfulness with our clients. I think they will find it beneficial
  • Health & Safety to apply to new project
  • Couple of tips on prevention and ideas for providing ‘newt friendly areas’
  • Improved knowledge of other agencies, I picked up great contacts and tips!
  • Soil PH; Good polytunnel care; Good Ponds; Many other things…!


good news – you can still book a place for the conference.
Closing date is extended to the 5th of March.

Treat yourself to a fun and inspirational day out and BOOK a place for the National Trellis Gardening Conference on 12 March 2015.
A day full of training workshops, fellow gardeners showcasing their projects, photos and crafts exhibition and a garden tour.
Download Booking Form Word doc here or Download Booking Form PDF here

To book the FREE minibus to the conference venue Download Minibus timetable Word doc here or Download Minibus timetable PDF here and tick the relevant box on the conference booking form

To book a stall email us or Download Stall Form Word doc here or Download Stall Form PDF here

Stall at the conference Stall at the conference

Here is a sneak preview of some of the workshops and showcases
Prevention is better than cure Master Class with Jim McColl, MBE
Dragons in your garden with Ruth Carruthers (Froglife)     
RCHS Grow & Learn awards level 2 and 3 with Jean Gavin

Grow & Learn   Dragons in your gardenPrevention is beter than cure!

Derry Meredith from the Shore Garden Project and Polly Mark from Alzheimer Scotland will give us a view behind the scenes of their projects.

Plenty of network opportunities, time to share knowledge and ideas, browse the stalls and make new contacts.

It's good to talk

The Photo Exhibition is back again this year. PLUS Perth has send us some great photos.

Grow & Learn
PLUS Perth gardeners feeling at home in the greenhouse.

Follow their example. Promote your gardening project and send us your photos together with the Photography Release form.
You can send your digital photos via We Transfer
1.Go to:WeTransfer
2.Press SKIP on the first screen you get to skip getting the professional version. on +add files and browse to the files you want to add. friend’s email type:
5.type your email address in the next field. on TRANSFER button.
or post your prints to 40 St John Street Perth PH1 5SP

New this year is the Craft Exhibition. Bring along craft and art work from your project on the day.

Directions to the Bield at Blackruthven Download Directions and map Word doc here or Download Directions and map PDF here

Trellis 8th Annual Conference held on the 18th March 2014
Thank you all for making the Trellis 8th Annual Conference a success.
A big thanks to all who attended theTrellis Conference on 18th March 2014 flower
and we, the Trellis team, give a special thanks to the showcase and workshop presentors for making it such a great day. I loved the photos in the exhibition and thank you all for submitting them and for voting on your favourite one.

Chrysalis Growing Up Dundee Southton Smallholding
These 3 photos were voted people's choice at the Trellis Conference.
Congratulations go to  Chrysalis, Growing Up Project Dundee and Southton Smallholding.

Great news, the first photo for the exhibition has arrived.
From Barnardos Growing Up Gardening Project in Dundee we got:
Harvesting for the first time!!!
and enjoying it by the looks of it.

Growing Up Gardening Project

Fantastic new photos for the exhibition are arriving!!!

From MAXwell Centre in Dundee we got:
Guerrilla Gardeners and their mighty helpers.
and there are no age restrictions by the looks of it.

Guerrilla Gardeners and their mighty helpers

Guerrilla Gardeners and their mighty helpers

From Amisfield Walled Garden we received:

Winter apple tree pruning

Mobility for all at Amisfield

Building raised beds in the winter sun

Summer apple pressing

The Kinross Potager Garden send us:

Kinross Potager Garden
Friendly fundraisers, in spring sunshine.

Kinross Potager Garden
Happy Harvesters

Scotland's Rural College SCUR send us:
Blooming Marvellous indeed

Blooming Marvellous

Growing Well and Feeling Great by the looks of it!

Growing Well and Feeling Great

A photo from Chrysalis in Dundee,
When is it going to rain?

When is it going to rain?

A new photo from  Pitcaple Environmental Project

Digging deep for support
Digging Deep for Support.

 More photos from Scotland's Rural College SCUR.

Making birdhouses
Creative Christams decorations.

Making birdhouses
Making Bird Houses

Watch Us Grow has entered the exhibition with a bang!

Watch Us Grow
Leaves a plenty

Watch Us Grow
What weather?

Watch Us Grow
Crafty times

Trellis 7th Annual Conference held on the 19th March 2013
A day filled with workshops, showcases, network opportunities:
Plants for Free/Plant Hardiness, Masterclass, Jim McColl, MBE
Pests & Diseases by Andrew Lear, Plants with Purpose
Create or Increase Frog Habitat in your Garden, Anna Muir, Froglife                           
Marketing your Garden Project, Mairi Macdonald
A Voluntary Professional Register for HT Practitioners, John Cliff, ASTHP
and showcasesfrom new and established projects
For the conference programme click here
To book click Booking Form

THE TRELLIS PHOTO COMPETITION was the perfect excuse to use your photographic skills to show us how good you feel in the garden. The photos were judged at the conference 2013 by Graham Miller Perthshire based photographer Graham challenges stigma through the use of documentary photography.
The theme of the competition is ‘People in gardens’ . Get inspired by these three different categories:
1. Who says gardeners hibernate?
2. People grow better in gardens
3. Harvest time

What a great selection of photos we received and exhibited at the Trellis Conference 2013. It's a wonder Graham Miller, the judge, could sleep the night before.

First Prize - Ecology Centre

First Prize

Second Prize - CKUK

Second Prize


People's choice - the Bield

People's choice


Trellis 6th Annual Networking Conference (15th March 2012)

The Trellis Annual Networking Conference - the therapeutic gardening event of the year...

Every spring, around the middle of March, people interested in therapeutic gardening come together at the Trellis Annual Networking Conference to share their enthusiasm, expertise and skills and return home having gained so much more.

Trellis 6th Annual Networking Conference (15th March 2012)
People Grow better in gardens
Conference Programme
Conference Speaker Biographies
Conference Report

Michael Matheson, Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, gives his keynote speech at the Trellis Conference 2012.


 Trellis 5th Annual Networking Conference (15th March 2011)
Gardening - the original 'feel good' activity
Conference Programme
Conference Speaker Biographies
Conference Report

Trellis 4th Annual Networking Conference(18th March 2010)
Tending Body & Soul: Gardening & Health
Conference Programme
Conference Speaker Biographies
Conference Report

Trellis 3rd Annual Networking Conference (2009)
Growing healthier, Wealthier, Fairer, Smarter & Greener through Gardening- Scottish Government Policy: the Gardening Contribution 
Conference Programme
Conference Report , Word document |PDF version
Conference Workshop Report on Horti-Therapy:The Future of the Profession
Trellis Conference 2015
good news – you can still book a place for the conference.
Closing date is extended to the 5th of March.

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