Moving Forests

Creation, Conservation and Renewal of Green Spaces

A seminar in Room C, IPM Essen 28th January 2016 1.00-4.00pm

1.00pm Welcome and refreshments

2.00pm Presentations

3.00pm Questions

The seminar will examine the advantages of growing with the Air-Pot system, from giving the world’s rarest plants the best start in life, to realising the schemes of the most prestigious landscape projects, where guaranteed establishment is essential.  Please come at 1.00pm for refreshments before the presentation.

Email if you would like to attend. Space is limited so we recommend an early reply.

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Olympic park 1

All of the trees for London’s Olympic park were Air-Pot grown.

At the seminar we have three renowned experts, speaking about their extensive experience of working with the Air-Pot system. Between them they will cover everything from propagation of endangered species, to growing trees of all sizes and the logistics of planting major international projects.

Tony Kirkham

Tony KirkhamTony is head of the arboretum at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, where more than three thousand species are now grown in Air-Pot containers. Since the destruction of many of Kew’s oldest trees in the great storm of 1987 he has spearheaded the restocking of the collection. In some instances using specimens collected on trips to the Far East including: China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the Russian Far East and Sakhalin Island.

Tony has an infectious enthusiasm for his subject and is best known for his appearances in the BBC series ‘A Year at Kew’ and ‘The Trees That Made Britain’. He also lectures to students at Kew as well as other professional and interested groups.  Tony sits on various professional committees, including the RHS Woody Plant and  Bursary Advisory Committees, the IDS Science and Education Committee and the Horticultural Advisory Board of QuarryHill Botanical Garden in California. He is                       a trustee of TROBI, the Tree Register of the British Isles.

Matthias Anton


Since 2003 Matthias has been the Managing Director of Deepdale Trees one of Europe’s leading nurseries, specialising in growing high quality trees of all sizes. .With his team, he has played a major role in developing the systems which maximise the benefit Air-Pot growing provides.  He has 34 years  experience working in the tree nursery industry all over the world, including 17 years for major European tree nursery Lorenz von Ehren in Germany and Italy and for a major nursery in Texas USA. 

Matthias has extensive experience of supplying trees to major landscaping projects including Liverpool One, the UKs largest shopping centre, for which project Deepdale containerised, maintained and delivered 500 trees and plants. Other ongoing projects  include The Kings Cross Development and the forthcoming London Garden Bridge. At  Deepdale he exclusively using the Air-Pot system to produce trees of the highest quality.

Benedetto Selleri

Benedetto Selleri

Benedetto Selleri is a landscape architect working with Pan Associati in Italy, which deals with environmental and landscape design  in Italy and abroad. His speciality is large parks, which include major infrastructure, while conserving and promoting nature. A graduate of Forest Sciences at the University of Florence,  since 1994 he has been a member of Doctors of Agronomy and Forestry of the province of Milan and he is member of AIAPP (Italian Society of Landscape).

 He is the author of numerous publications and articles in the field of technical and scientific landscape and environmental recovery and has spoken at numerous seminars on the theme of landscape, urban ecology and nature conservation. He recently designed the landscaping for Expo 2015 in Milan for which all of the 12,000 trees and shrubs were grown in Air-Pot containers.

Garden bridge 1 copy

The soon to be built Garden Bridge in London is another major project that has specified only Air-Pot grown trees and shrubs.