The contribution of trees and GI (Green Infrastructure) to creating resilient cities

Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 - 08:30

This free, informative seminar held at The Lowry, Salford, will bring together planners, developers, landscape architects, GI professionals, housing associations and local authorities to look at how trees and other GI can contribute to creating resilient, sustainable cities for the future.

A range of speakers will showcase examples from across the globe as well as Greater Manchester highlighting how GI, both in our cities and on the urban fringe, can play an integral role in helping to address some of our most complex urban environmental problems such as flooding, vulnerability to extreme heat and poor air quality.

The seminar will also highlight the importance of GI in setting the scene for investment, strengthening communities and creating places that people want to live, work and play in.

Thanks to principal event sponsor Hadfield Wood Recyclers, supporter Oglesby Charitable Trust, event sponsor Greengage, and exhibitor LK Group for helping to make this event happen. Other event sponsorship is available, please contact

Chaired by Marcel Ridyard, Senior Associate, AFL Architects. 

Confirmed speakers include - More to be announced soon!

  • Pete Stringer, City of Trees - An introduction to the City of Trees movement and it’s key aims, outlining some of the benefits of trees and GI as well as an overview of some of the key projects being delivered in the City region
  • Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - Speaking about the plans for the Stockport Interchange and how GI can play a key role in the regeneration process and raise the profile of town centres
  • Adam Higgins, Co-founder of Capital & Centric - Capital & Centric’s approach to creating gardens in its urban developments, green is the new tarmac
  • Cllr Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council and Green City lead - Presenting key ideas from the Springboard document, sharing why Greater Manchester is committed to creating ‘A carbon neutral, climate resilient city-region with a thriving natural environment and circular, zero-waste economy’
  • Dr James Levine, Impact Fellow, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, University of Birmingham - Clarifying the role of strategic green infrastructure in reducing exposure to urban air pollution: cutting through the mixed messages for improved public health
  • John Alker, Director of Policy & Places, UK Green Building Council - How trees and GI should play an integral component when designing ‘green’ buildings for the future – both for people health and wellbeing and climate change
  • Tom Armour, Director | Landscape Leader, ARUP - We need to act now in terms of creating healthier cities and this talk will look at the wide benefits of GI for social, economic and environmental gain. It will outline how all those involved in the built environment need to plan and design GI and Nature based solutions as an ‘essential infrastructure’ on all projects. The presentation will showcase great example of GI interventions from around the world
  • Amina Aboobakar, Integrated Planning & Strategy Manager, United Utilities - An introduction to United Utilities approach to integrated catchment, highlighting some of the principles behind integrating flood management with water quality, GI and sustainable development, to deliver multiple natural capital benefits across the North West
  • Pete Swfit, Managing Director, Planit-IE - The Northern Gateway is the biggest single regeneration project in City Centre Manchester. Hiding in plain sight is Manchester’s ‘River City Park’, the first phase of which will begin IN the city. GI is not the ‘glue’ here, it is the canvas for a new community

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