Seminar success

5 October 2016

On 22 September City of Trees hosted a free seminar which aimed to inform and inspire attendees to think about innovative urban greening initiatives in our cities and towns.

The event, held at the Manchester Football Academy, saw over 100 developers, landscape architects, planners, engineers and those working in the fields of social housing and regeneration come together to look at the importance of urban greening.

The free event was 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 was chaired by Steve Connor, CEO of leading digital agency Creative Concern and featured 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 included Stephen O’Malley, Director, Civic Engineers, who talked about the impact of GI on the movement of people and water; Dean Bowie, CEO, GreenBlue Urban who looked at the latest urban tree planting methodology and explained 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 talked 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.

Watch a video of the seminar below.

Attendees also had 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 brought together some of the best and the brightest in the field of trees and green infrastructure. We hope attendees went away with 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.”

The presentations for the event are available to view and download via SlideShare.