There is now ample and robust evidence that green infrastructure is good for people’s health. How can we plan, design and manage green spaces to maximise their value to people’s health and wellbeing? How can we improve the health and wellbeing value of existing green spaces? What do we know – and what do we still need to research?

A range of high-profile speakers will explore the following topics:

  • Will it be possible to attract funding from health budgets to help maintain green infrastructure? What are the barriers to achieving this?
  • How can we maximise the health and wellbeing benefits of green infrastructure? Do we know enough?
  • What can we do right now to create and enhance green infrastructure to enhance people’s wellbeing?

This conference will bring together public health practitioners, landscape architects, developers, planners, researchers and others to share ideas and good practice, create new partnerships and identify opportunities for re-shaping our thinking about green spaces to give more emphasis to their multiple health and wellbeing benefits.

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

Ends: 16:30

Confirmed speakers

Chair: Julia Thrift, Projects Director, TCPA

Session 1: Could, and should, health budgets fund green spaces?

Dr Caroline Jessel, Chair, Kent Nature Partnership; former GP and NHS Lead for Sustainability and Health

David Buck, Senior Researcher, The King's Fund

Robin Smale, Director, Vivid Economics

Clare Olver, The Natural Health Service / The Mersey Forest

Session 2: Maximising the health and wellbeing benefits of green infrastructure

Improving wellbeing through urban nature – what we know so far

Dr Anna Jorgensen, University of Sheffield, Landscape Architecture

Measurable delight? Assessing play spaces for health and wellbeing impact

Alison King, Principal Landscape Architect and Jennette Emery-Wallis, Director, LUC

Session 3: Creating new green and healthy places

Delivering green infrastructure at different scales: learning from policy and practice internationally through PERFECT

Henry Smith, Project Manager, PERFECT, TCPA

A framework for planning green spaces

Alison Smith, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

FitzPark – how small sites can have a big impact on wellbeing

Emily Woodason, Senior Landscape Architect, Arup

Session 4: Enhancing green spaces, enhancing wellbeing

Thamesmead – London’s green new town

Dr Phil Askew, Director Landscape Design and Management, Thamesmead Regeneration, Peabody

Greening the NHS, one space at a time…

Rachel Stancliffe, Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

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

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