It is now widely understood that high quality green infrastructure brings multiple benefits to individual people and society as a whole. But what does 'high quality' mean in practice? How can it be defined and measured? What does 'good' green infrastructure policy look like? How can councils, developers, public health teams, landscape architects, community groups, businesses and others collaborate effectively to maximise the benefits of the green infrastructure they create and maintain?

This timely conference will bring together leading policy makers, practitioners, academics and political leaders to explain the emerging new frameworks for assessing and improving the quality of green infrastructure - and putting them in to practice across the UK.

Starts: 10:30 (registration and coffee from 10.00)

Session 1: Policy update

Andrea Ledward, Director, Natural Environment, Defra [invited]

Emily Finney, Welsh Government

Session 2: Measuring and improving quality

- Improving GI policy making: a methodology

Max Hislop, Programme Manager, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership and Prof Alister Scott, NERC Green Infrastructure Knowledge Exchange Fellow

- Creating a GI standards framework for England

Jane Houghton, Project Manager, Green Infrastructure Standards Project, Natural England

- An introduction to Building With Nature

Dr Gemma Jerome, Director, Building With Nature

Session 3: Strategic approaches to improving GI

- A blueprint for the green network in the Glasgow City Region

Max Hislop, Programme Manager, Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership

- Systems-based landscape planning

Andrew Tempany, Associate, Arup

Session 4: Improving green infrastructure at a local level

- Improving public participation in planning and creating green infrastructure

Silvia Mazzante, Municipality of Ferrara and Ilenia Crema, èFerraraUrbanCenter, Ferrara, Italy

Other speakers to be confirmed.

Ends: 16:30

Supported by: 


Check here if you qualify for the TCPA Local Authority Member rate.

We want to make our conferences available to everyone, so we’ll be issuing five complimentary tickets to this event. Applicants may be asked to prove their personal circumstances and tickets will be issued solely at the TCPA’s discretion. For more details, email [email protected]

If you are interested in sponsoring this conference please contact Julia Thrift at:  [email protected]

For more information about the Green Infrastructure Partnership and to join the partnership see:

Book a place

Ticket Quantity Price

TCPA/GIP Member pay by card

Decrease Increase £80.00

Non Member pay by card

Decrease Increase £160.00

TCPA/GIP Member invoice £80

Decrease Increase £0.00

Non Member invoice £160

Decrease Increase £0.00