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Why greening the UK’s cities, towns and neighbourhoods matters and how to do it successfully. This introductory conference will be of particular interest to Councillors and those new to the Green Infrastructure agenda. 


10.30   Welcome and introduction to Green Cities

Julia Thrift, conference chair (morning)

Director, Healthier Place-making, TCPA


Session 1: Keynote speech

10.40   Why greening our towns and cities is essential if we are to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it

Marian Spain, Interim Chief Executive, Natural England (to be confirmed)


Session 2: Green spaces for people and health

11.10   Why trees, parks and gardens are vital for successful communities

Judy Ling Wong OBE CBE, Honorary President, Black Environment Network and Founding Trustee National Park City Foundation (confirmed)


11.30   Green places for health: the evidence

Harmony Ridgely, Healthy Places Team, Public Health England (to be confirmed)


11.50   Hogmoor Inclosure: creating a green space that brings communities together

Bruce Collinson, Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (confirmed)


12.10   Questions and discussion


12.30   Lunch and networking


13.30 Welcome to afternoon session

Jessie Fieth, conference chair (afternoon), Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA


Session 3: How the natural environment can help combat climate change

13.35 The role of green infrastructure in natural flood management in the Leeds City Region

Heather Suggate, Principle Planning Policy Officer, Leeds City Council (tbc)


13.55 Leeds4Trees: what have we learned about trees and carbon capture?

Tom Bliss, United Bank of Carbon (tbc)


14.15 The ParkPower project: generating energy from Scotland’s green spaces

John Maslen, ParkPower Project Manager, GreenSpace Scotland (confirmed)


14.35 Questions and discussion


15.00 Tea break


Session 4: Making places greener: practical tools and insights

15.20   Creating a greener Swansea

Penny Gruffydd, Sustainability Policy Officer, City & County of Swansea (confirmed), and Fran Rolfe, Sustainable Places Officer, Natural Resources Wales (to be confirmed)


15.40   Why London is introducing a green space factor

Peter Massini, Urban Greening Strategist and Policy Advisor (confirmed)


16.00   Questions and discussions: are green-space factors the way forward?


16.20   Conclusions from chair


16.30   Conference ends

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