FutureScape Scotland 2018



Join us in room 1 for a full and comprehensive programme packed full of business tips, need to know industry information and some exciting debates led by some of the biggest names in Scottish landscaping.


10.00am – Detail is in the Design – (Chair, Jamie Wilkinson) Lynn Hill, Lynn Hill Garden Design, Diane Blood, Silverflowe Design,

Jamie Wilkinson takes to the stage with Diane Blood and Lynn Hill to discuss how garden designers best sell their brand and service to their customers. We will discuss in detail some of the techniques that are used when ensuring quality is understood by the client and how they have built their own businesses into the successes they are today.

11.00am – Plant diseases – Gerry Saddler, SASA (Science & Advice for Scottish Agriculture)

Professor Gerry Saddler is the Scottish Government’s first Chief Plant Health Officer and as such works across crops, forestry, horticulture and the natural environment to improve resilience to plant pests and diseases. With over 1000 plant health threats already listed on the UK plant health risk register the risks are ever growing largely as result of increasing complexity in trade and tourism, globalisation and the challenges associated with climate change. In his presentation Gerry will describe the nature of the risks we currently face and highlight what Government, industry and members of the public can do.

2.00pm – GoLandscape, Addressing the skills gap – Stephen Ensell, British Association of Landscape Industries

The widening skills gap in the landscape industry has meant organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to find employees with the right skills.  BALI’s GoLandscape initiative aims to tackle this by targeting GCSE stage pupils and career changers, encouraging them to consider a career in landscaping and challenge the poor and false perception that is held of the industry by promoting the wide range and exciting career choices there are available. Alongside this is a drive to support colleges and pupils already studying towards a landscape qualification and help produce work-ready GoLandscape candidates with the right skillset.

3.00pm – Beauty is in the Build (Chair, Phil Tremayne) Robin Torrie, Watergems, John Gillan, P1 Ltd, Angelique Lawless Robb, Papillon Designs and Landscaping

Phil Tremayne is joined by some of the best-known landscapers in Scotland to discuss how the year has gone for their business’ and their ambitions for the future. We will be looking at how landscapers working within the Scottish market are dealing with workload and managing busy periods and what the biggest challenges they face are and how they deal with them.

4.00pm – Industry Debate ‘Working Together & the Future of Landscaping’ – (Chair, Jim Wilkinson), Ann Burns, SRUC, Susan Begg, Semple Begg, Wayne Grills, BALI, Douglas Jardine, Mitie Landscapes

Chair Jim Wilkinson will be questioning a representative for each sector of the landscaping industry about how they are tacking current issues, such as recruitment and the perception of the value of landscaping. They will also go into details about what is currently driving the Scottish market, what investments are being made and about how they can work better together.



Come along to the sessions in room 2 where some of the industry’s best-known suppliers will be taking you through the best ways to use their products and what makes them different to any of their competitors.


10.30am – Unique benefits porcelain paving – Sara Cullis, Global Stone

Is porcelain paving the future for hard landscaping? This seminar explores why the trend for porcelain paving has really taken off, what unique features it has that is creating a step change in the market place, why it is proving so popular for both contemporary and traditional designs and what the future holds going forward.

11.30am – Maximise your project with water features – Paul Willavoys & Chris Reynolds, Landscapeplus

An overview of design and construction techniques for ponds and water features aiming to overcome any concerns or questions you might have. Covering everything from a stand-alone water feature to large pond systems with tips on how to choose a pond liners, pumps and filter systems increasing what you can offer your client and make your project more profitable.

2.30pm – Selecting the right planters to match your design – Karen Sawyer, Livingreen Design

Karen Sawyer, Director of Livingreen Design, the UKs largest manufacturer of professional planters will discuss ways of incorporating planters into your design. Be it getting the colour, shape and size just right for a small private garden or a large roof terrace or commercial scheme, including adding benches and seats, movable dividers, bespoke shapes, sizes, finishes. The options and possibilities are endless, and you will never see a planter in the same light again.