The role of Green Infrastructure (GI) to create healthy, resilient cities

Thursday, 17 October, 2019 - 08:30

City of Trees' annual seminar will take place on 17 October at The Lowry, Salford Quays.

Urban residents are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, poor air quality and a lack of green spaces to exercise in and enjoy.

Green Infrastructure (GI) can help to create healthier, happier environments and make our cities and towns more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and resilient.

This free seminar will bring together a range of speakers who will explore this very issue and how trees, woods and other GI can positively impact on both people’s physical health and mental wellbeing.

The event will look at the crucial role GI can play in transforming our urban centres, and creating places people want to live, work and play in – as well as a home for wildlife.

Topics explored include: the importance of GI in combatting poor air quality, creating routes to encourage active, sustainable travel and improving our physical and mental wellbeing.

This event is aimed at health professionals, public health, the environment sector, planners, the housing sector, developers, highways officers and transport planners as well as those looking at the active travel and sustainable journeys agenda.

The day will run approx 8am - 3pm and includes refreshments and lunch.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Keith Sacre, Sales Director, Barcham Trees - Strategies for future proofing our tree planting for ongoing climate change – what considerations need to be given about what species and where these would be appropriate
  • Dr James Levine, Impact Fellow, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, University of Birmingham - Clarifying and quantifying the benefits of green infrastructure for urban air quality
  • Bryan Cosgrove, Technical & GI Planning Officer, City of Trees - All Our Trees: A tree and woodland strategy for Greater Manchester
  • Helen Davies, Principal Consultant, Natural Capital - WSP - Piloting the emerging National Principles for Good Green Infrastructure in Greater Manchester​
  • Sara Tomkins, CEO, Greater Sport 
  • Bev Taylor, Energy & Environment Director at Bruntwood - Green Infrastructure, Biophilic Design and Workplace Wellbeing
  • Dr. Liz O'Brien, Head of Social and Economic Research Group, Forest Research - Nature based solutions for improving the health and wellbeing of urban populations
  • Dr Kathryn Oldham OBE, GMCA - The Role of the Natural Environment In Urban Resilience 
  • Carey Newson - Programme Lead NHS Forest and Greenspace at The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare - 10 years of the NHS Forest and green space programme
  • Mike Harris, Associate - Measuring the benefits of Green Infrastructure and how it can assist with Biodiversity and Environmental Net Gain
  • Keith Sacre, Director, Barcham Trees - Resilience through species selection. What to plant, where and why

Thank-you to headline sponsors Greengage and ACS Consulting.

Confirmed exhibitors: Hilliers and GreenBlue Urban.

For sponsorship enquiries contact Sarah Nurton on 0161 872 1660 or email sarah@cityoftrees.org.uk.

This event is part of the Urban Innovation Action funded IGNITION Project.​

Bookings via Eventbrite only.