Date and time

16/10/2019 - 18/10/2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm




Chester Zoo

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We are really looking forward to welcoming colleagues to the 2019 BIAZA Plant Working Group Conference at Chester Zoo in October.

We hope to provide a full programme which will be informative, useful and practical – and provide an enjoyable opportunity to meet and network with other colleagues.

The themes for this year’s conference will be:

  • Involvement of zoo horticulture in conservation projects. A series of presentations and discussions focusing on how horticulturists can use their skills to help zoos expand their conservation work at home and overseas.
  • Designing and implementing exhibit landscaping on a small budget. Ideas and case studies illustrating cost-effective improvements to zoo landscapes and habitats.

In addition, we will be holding  practical workshops, with the themes of:

  • working with concrete to theme animal exhibits, and
  • working with recycled materials to construct barriers and informal fences.

There will also be plenty of time to see some of the latest developments in Chester Zoo, look at plant conservation work in action, and visit the new green waste recycling centre and browse plantations.

The conference will be held from Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th October, with an icebreaker on the evening of Tuesday 15th.

The cost of the 3 day conference will be £120 (including VAT) for BIAZA Members, and £220 (incl. VAT) for Non-BIAZA Members. This includes attendance at all the presentations and workshops, tours of the Zoo, nursery, and green waste recycling area, lunches and a conference dinner. It does not include accommodation and other meals.

How to book
Click on the following link to book your ticket


We have secured a favourable rate for attendees at Chester Court Hotel, on Hoole Road, from £46.80 for a single room and £64.80 for a twin room (per night, bed and breakfast). Contact Chester Court Hotel to book (

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact Phil Esseen, Curator of Botany and Horticulture at Chester Zoo (