Designing gardens for climate adaptation

The Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation


Explore how and why we must adapt our gardens and landscapes to respond to climate change. 

The day is split into three parts: the first an introduction, what we might expect from our future climate, climate zone shifts, temperature increases, flooding and ecological systems decline. 

The second section is on resilient design principles, how we respond to the consequences of climatic change and work with new realities.

The third part is looking ahead further and formulating a response which goes further than resilience – which is essentially a passive reaction – to that of the creation of New (or Novel) Ecologies to adapt to new climatic zones and conditions.

Book your place today.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Lunch is included.

Mark Laurence

Mark Laurence has been a practicing landscape designer for 35 years. Learning from direct apprenticeship and experience, he is a Chartered Horticulturalist and committee member of the Society of Garden Designers. He specialises in sustainability and future thinking on landscapes. His consultancy work is international, focussing on the Middle-East.