A Day with Ken ThompsonA Day with Ken Thompson

12/07/2022 – A Day with Ken Thompson

‘No Nettles Required – The Truth About Wildlife Gardening’
Tuesday 12th July 2022, 10am – 4pm.
Tickets £85 – Tea/coffee and homemade biscuits on arrival and a two course lunch included.

Ken Thompson has written and lectured extensively on the subject of garden ecology – combining scientific understanding with humour and easy accessibility. This day course will cover wildlife gardening’s big questions, e.g.

Are gardens good for wildlife?
What do we know about garden wildlife?
Do I need a big garden?
Do I need to grow native plants?
What’s the single best thing I can do for garden wildlife?

… and others!
There will be an opportunity in the afternoon to don our sun hats (fingers crossed) and head out into the Walled Garden with Ken as our guide to go on a wildlife hunt and find out what this wildlife is actually doing, and whether it’s possible to divide them into ‘friends’ and ‘foes’. The afternoon will close with a Q&A that will cover any questions about gardening for wildlife, or any other gardening questions that people may have.

Ken Thompson is a plant ecologist. He is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield, where he was a key member of the first of two ‘Biodiversity of Urban Gardens’ (BUGS) projects investigating the significance of urban gardens as habitats for ‘natural’ biodiversity. ‘No Nettles Required’ is one Ken Thompson’s many acclaimed publications on ecological topics. Other notable titles include ‘An Ear to the Ground – garden science for ordinary mortals’ and ‘Do we need Pandas – the uncomfortable truth about biodiversity.’


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