After a year like no other, there is now universal recognition of the importance of public green spaces. However, these areas are also suffering from the effects of increased use and yet funding for maintenance and expansion is highly uncertain. Over the last four years, the PERFECT project has built a strong economic case for investment in green infrastructure by demonstrating the multiple benefits that these assets provide for communities.

This conference will draw these arguments together and the showcase inspiring examples of exemplary green infrastructure projects and policy. PERFECT partners will share the progress they have made to change policies in their regions to deliver more high-quality green infrastructure over the course of the PERFECT project and highlight the contribution that international collaboration has made to this.

For more information, visit the PERFECT website or contact Cova Cervilla ([email protected])

Agenda

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Day 1: Tuesday 18th May 
10:00 The PERFECT project – an overview. Including an introduction to the partners
Jessie Fieth, TCPA 
10:20 Keynote speaker – A green path to true Reform 
Hugh Ellis, TCPA 
10:45 BREAK
Main stage Parallel breakout session
11:00-12:00

Session 1: Green infrastructure for healthier places  

This session will focus on the benefits of green infrastructure for mental and physical health. 

Breakout 1: Green infrastructure through good investment

This session will showcase experience from across Europe on how to unlock investment in green infrastructure. 

12:00 BREAK 
12:30-13:30

Session 2: Green infrastructure and water 

This session will explore innovation relating to the management of rainwater in urban areas. 

Breakout 2: From grassroots to political leadership – how to make it happen 

This session will focus on how to encourage community and political participation in the development of green infrastructure.

13:30 END of Day 1

Day 2: Wednesday 19th May 
10:00 Welcome and introduction to planning for high-quality green infrastructure
Fiona Howie, TCPA 
Main stage

Parallel breakout session

10:15-11:15

Session 3: Planning for high-quality green infrastructure 

This session will highlight the importance of a strong local policy and joined-up thinking for achieving high-quality green infrastructure. 

Breakout 3: Deep dive into greening schoolyards project

This session will explore the case study of transforming schoolyards in green spaces that capitalise on the role of schools as central to neighbourhoods and promote the multi-value of outdoor play.

11:15 BREAK 
11:30-12:00

Session 4: The legacy and future of partnership working 

This closing session will recap the achievements of the PERFECT project and explore what the next steps should be.

12:00 END of conference

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