As demand for new homes rises, our towns and cities are becoming more densely populated. How can we make the most of the increasingly limited opportunities for green infrastructure in our urban areas? 

Green infrastructure - such as parks, green spaces, trees, and sustainable drainage - are vital if our urban areas are to be attractive, healthy, liveable places. But finding the space for green infrastructure is becoming increasingly difficult.

This conference will bring together leading practitioners from across the sector with new perspectives, ideas and inspiration.

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for anyone interested in creating economically successful, thriving places: councillors; local authority leaders and officers; landscape architects; planners; urban designers; community activists; academics; parks and leisure managers; members of LEPs and LNPs; architects; ecologists; environmental economists; and business leaders who recognise the importance of investing in placemaking.

Confirmed topics and speakers include:

Policy update:

Nick Barter, Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Defra

Small scale, big impact:

'Joining the dots - how small projects can deliver wider strategic objectives', Tom Armour, Landscape Director, Arup

'Learning from the Atlanta Beltline', Peter Neal, Landscape Consultant

'Connswater Community Greenway, Belfast - a case-study', Michele Bryans, Community Engagement Manager, Eastside Partnership

'Greening school playgrounds in Amsterdam' - Imke van Moorselaar, Environment and Health Advisor, Public Health Service of Amsterdam

Making the economic case for green infrastructure:

'Making the case for green infrastructure based on its contribution to jobs and growth: the PERFECT project', Henry Smith, Project Manager, TCPA and Rob Lacey, Principal Development Officer, Cornwall Council

'Beam Parklands - a case-study', Jonathan Ducker, Head of Business Development (South), the Land Trust

Translating research into practice:

'Translating research into practice', Prof Alister Scott, NERC Green Infrastructure Knowledge Exchange Fellow; and Professor of Environmental Geography and Planning, Northumbria University

Making the most of what we've got - retrofitting green infrastructure:

'Urban planting for beauty and function', Prof Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design and Urban Horticulture, University of Sheffield

'Greening our city centres: challenges and opportunities', Charlotte Markey, GreenBlue Urban

'Transforming grey to green: employing nature's functionality to create a resilient and happy city', Joris Voeten, Urban Green Space Engineer, Roofscapes

Registration begins at 10:00.

This conference is being organised by the TCPA on behalf of the Green Infrastructure Partnership 

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