Free seminar to look at the importance of urban greening

5 September 2016

Place-making and Prosperous Cities: The Essential role of trees and green infrastructure (GI) will be held on 22 September at Manchester City’s City Football Academy and features leading world expert Dr. Kathy Wolf.

The seminar is for developers, landscape architects, planners, engineers and those working in the fields of social housing and regeneration, and will encourage them to think about innovative urban greening initiatives and why they are needed in our cities and towns.

The free event is organised by City of Trees, a movement which aims to plant 3 million trees, one for every man, woman and child across Greater Manchester within a generation, and supported by the Landscape Institute North West.

The session is chaired by Steve Connor, CEO of leading digital agency Creative Concern and features a keynote talk by Dr Kathleen Wolf from the University of Washington.

Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at the College of the Environment, University of Washington, and is a leading world authority on how GI can make our towns and cities more profitable places.

Other speakers include Stephen O’Malley, Director, Civic Engineers, talking about the impact of GI on the movement of people and water; Dean Bowie, CEO, GreenBlue Urban who will look at the latest urban tree planting methodology and explain what is needed to create the essential conditions for successful and sustainable tree growth.

Pete Bradshaw, the Director of Estate Development at Manchester City Football Club will be talking about ‘Why a world class sporting facility needed world class Green Infrastructure’ focussing on the development of the new City Football Academy and why GI was seen as integral to the vision and business case for creating a world class sporting venue and regeneration scheme.

Attendees will also have the chance to go on an exclusive tour to see the grounds of the world-class training Academy which opened in December 2014.

Hailed as the ‘best of its kind in the world’, and as an exemplar for GI, the academy and its grounds is home to 2,000 mature trees and 46 acres of managed grass, wildflower meadows and landscaped areas.

Pete Stringer, City of Trees comments “This seminar brings together some of the best and the brightest in the field of trees and green infrastructure. We are confident that attendees will go away feeling inspired, informed and have a deeper understanding of the role that trees play in place-making for our cities and towns, so we can work together to secure a greener, Greater Manchester.”

Place-making and Prosperous Cities: The Essential role of trees and green infrastructure (GI) will be held on 22 September 9am – 12:30pm at Manchester City Football Academy, Press Conference Theatre, 400 Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 4TQ.

For more information visit www.cityoftrees.org.uk/seminar. To book email seminar@cityoftrees.org.uk or call 0161 872 1660