Conference 2020


The Trellis Annual Conference - Inspiration for therapeutic gardeners! 

Showcases, workshops and networking

Conference 2020 -CANCELLED


It is with a heavy heart and after a great deal of consideration we are taking the decision to cancel the Trellis Conference this Friday.

This was to have taken place at The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth.


Due to the imminent implementation of further measures against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, we think it is prudent to cancel this event.*

As an organisation concerned with the health and wellbeing of our communities, and so many conference delegates working with people who may be physically vulnerable, elderly or with underlying health conditions making them more susceptible to the severe effects of  the disease, we’d prefer to err on the side of caution.


We are very disappointed that we won’t be able to share the  joy and wealth of knowledge in the network this year.

All fees will be refunded  and we will begin the process of refunding these fees as soon as possible.


We’d like to thank you for all your support and wish you good health.



*The UK government's chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty has said people who show "even minor" signs of respiratory tract infections or a fever will soon be told to self-isolate and Scotland's chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood said the public should not be reassured by the small numbers of cases in Scotland so far. She said: "This is what happened in England, there were even some days at the beginning of the outbreak where there were no new cases in England, we may have that as well. But the way this virus is transmitting and spreading I don't think we can take reassurance that the slowness is going to be anything other than building up."  See BBC News Online  accessed 10/03/19, 11:06



Friday 13th March 2020

at The Bield at Blackruthven, Perth, PH1 1PY

Registration opens 09:15

Programme 10:15 - 16:15

The annual conference for people using ‘gardening for wellbeing’ in their work.


In health, care, education and community settings, increasing numbers of professionals are using gardening to support health, wellbeing and learning.  Trellis provides CPD through inspirational workshops, networking seminars, training and resources to support you to help your clients to get the best out of gardening.


This exceptional conference provides: 

Inspirational input from delegates, workshop presenters, stalls, showcases and keynote speakers.

Networking opportunities with over 170 delegates expected again this year it’s so easy to find many likeminded people and new perspectives. 


To view the conference programme click here



Delegate rate £75

Members £65 (With discount code)





A free bus will leave Perth Railway Station at 09:25

Journey time to The Bield is approx 20-25 minutes

The bus will leave the Bield for the return journey at 16:30

Spaces on the bus are first come first served and you can book your seat via the booking form.













With over 170 delegates from across the UK there are lots of opportunities to meet old and new friends, exchange news, views and experiences: 

  • in the morning over a coffee and croissant, after choosing your workshops
  • at lunch
  • during workshops
  • whilst browsing the stalls.


Looking for help or expertise? Ask the conference!

If you have a question or want to contact others who share your client group/work in similar situations/groups of interest, use the ‘Give & Take’ display board in the main hall to post up your questions or what you can offer & contact details.

Trellis Networking

Showcases & Keynote Speeches


  • Inspirational presentations on significant topics and research from leaders in their fields.

  • Stories of good practice from therapeutic gardening projects illustrating how they do what they do, a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the most dynamic and creative project

    Showcases this year:

    Linking Green Space and Health - Catharine Ward Thompson
    Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh

    Gardening for Better Mental Health - Natalie McCall
    Central Scotland Green Network & The Richmond Fellowship



It’s always hard to choose which 3 workshops to attend when we have so many tempting titles to choose from!
Practitioners from across the network and beyond share their skills and expertise with you:


Kindergarten: nature, nurture & well-being for you children - Sue Palmer, author of 'Toxic Childhood' 

Art in the Garden: Drawing and Printing - Ruth Nay, Forfar Open Garden

'The Garden Cure' a new book on using gardening to support mental health recovery - Jan Cameron

Using Citizen Science in gardening to engage with nature - Kirsty Crawford, tcv 

Using plastic in the garden and staying green- Norma Forbes, Southton Smallholding 

The Southton Technical Tour: Garden construction, watering systems, funding - everything but horticulture - George Bosworth
Inspiring community involvement through gardening- John Glover, Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group
Gardening Games and Learning for Everyone - Jean Gavin (Grow & Learn) & Sue Swallow (Ellon Academy)
Limber Up With Lindsay -Lindsay Crawford, Specialist Fitness Instructor (children, adults with special needs)
Plastic-Free Gardening -Fiona Thackeray, Trellis
Introduction to Social Media
Jo Cook, Trellis

And, of course, a Horticultural Masterclass with Jim McColl MBE and much much more...


Open all day!

Browse the stalls - friendly faces, information and ideas.

  • The CALEY
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful
  • SRUC - Elmwood College
  • Homelands-fife
  • Growforth Ltd
  • Aberdeenshire Projects



Visit the pre-loved BOOK STALL to pick up a bargain gardening book- all the proceeds support Trellis!



Hot from the press ‘Plastic-free Gardening' by Fiona Thackeray.

Get it signed by the author! 

Special conference price £10.00


Feedback is extremely useful for indicating when things are going in the right direction.  We believe that past years have proven that the Trellis conference continues to inspire and educate those who attend and the people they can pass this insight on to. We receive so many comments about delegates meeting likeminded people who share a common discipline or field and also meeting people from different backgrounds who they may never have otherwise met.  The delicious buffet lunch receives oodles wondrous accolades too!


Great workshops, great networking
Inspiring stories
Beautiful Grounds
Lovely atmosphere, food amazing!


The Bield at Blackruthven





Parking available on site but please try to car share via twitter using #Trellicon2020

3 Disabled spaces available – if required please contact the Trellis Office