Inspiring Integration: Seminar showcases importance of urban greening

20 September 2017.

On 19 September City of Trees hosted a seminar which explored the role Green Infrastructure plays in creating sustainable and economically viable urban areas.

The event was held at The Great Northern and saw around 120 professionals from the planning and regeneration fields, as well as landscape architects, developers and built environment professionals.

The free event was organised by City of Trees, and supported by leading development partnership Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group as well as the Landscape Institute Northwest.

The day was chaired by Paul Unger, MD and Editor Place North West and saw speakers from City of Trees, The Environment Partnership (TEP), Arup and Planit-IE come together.

The morning was opened by Cllr Alex Ganotis, who outlined his plans and vision for Greater Manchester including what a greener City region looked like, why we need to secure this and how it will be achieved.

Pete Stringer from City of Trees talked about what the movement is trying to achieve, the importance of trees beyond aesthetics and key flagship projects delivered across the Greater Manchester region by the leading charity.

Nicola Hancock MALA, CMLI, Associate Director, The Environment Partnership (TEP) spoke about the masterplanning process, using examples from across the UK.

Tom Armour, Director, Arup, then addressed delegates utilising inspiring global examples to make the point for mainstreaming green infrastructure and how important this is to realise the range of social, health, economic and environmental benefits.

Ed Lister, Managing Partner from Planit-IE then unveiled the exciting plans for The Great Northern Square, with the brief from Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson to create a ‘Verdant Oasis’.

Delegates got the chance to network and speak to exhibitors during the break including GreenBlue Urban, AFL Architects, LK Group, Barcham Trees, Business Growth Hub, Treepans and Green-tech.

US-based keynote speaker Matthew Wells then took the stage talking about how to use trees to create sustainable cities. He drew upon his wealth of experience from both New York, including leading on the MillionTreesNYC initiative and his most recent work in Santa Monica to show the transformational power of trees.

The session then finished on a question and answer session with queries from the floor including how to get trees into hard pavement, with the difficulty of services which was fielded by Ed Lister, Planit-IE and also Pete Stringer, City of Trees.

Delegates also asked about how trees and GI could be made part of the requirements for the planning process, citing Matthew Well’s New York example where zoning requirements ensure developers put back into the city in terms of urban greening. The session then came to a close.

The venue was dressed with trees from I Want Trees / I Want Plants.

Download the presentations from the day below.