These FREE introductory webinars are of particular interest to councillors and those new to the green infrastructure agenda.

Green spaces for people and wellbeing

Why greening our towns and cities is essential if we are to leave the environment in a better state than we inherited it
Mel Hughes, Sustainable Development Programme Director, Natural England
Useful links:

People and Nature Survey for England - Natural England

Interim Report – The Dasgupta Review: Independent Review on the Economics of Biodiversity - HM Treasury

Living with beauty: report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission - MHCLG

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

Useful links:

Guide for green walking in mental health recovery - Green Walking 

Re-design of Grosvenor Park London - a series of events and engagements with the community

The London National Park City Initiative

National Park City Foundation with information on the Universal Charter and how to become a national park city

The Charter for Trees, Woods and People

[email protected] - -

Green places for wellbeing: the evidence
Harmony Ridgley, Healthy Places Team, Public Health England

Useful links: 

Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing 

Health and the natural environment: A review of evidence, policy, practice and opportunities for the future

Healthy High Streets

Spatial planning for health 

Putting health into place

Using the planning system to promote healthy weight environments

Creating the conditions for green infrastructure
Rob Lacey, Planning Policy Group Leader, Cornwall Council

How the natural environment can help combat climate change

Putting a value on trees in Leeds
Anna Gugan, Natural Capital Valuation and Woodland Creation Officer, United Bank of Carbon & University of Leeds

Find Anna's answers to follow up questions here.

Developing a carbon-based strategy for tree planting
Glenn Gorner, Natural Environment Manager, Parks & Countryside, Leeds City Council

The ParkPower project: generating energy from Scotland’s green spaces
John Maslen, ParkPower Project Manager, GreenSpace Scotland

Find John's answers to follow up questions here.

Making places greener - practical tools and insights (Part I)

Creating a greener Swansea
Penny Gruffydd, Sustainability Policy Officer, City & County of Swansea

Fran Rolfe, Sustainable Places Officer, Natural Resources Wales

Follow the project team at: @frolfey  @PGruffydd @NatResWales @SwanseaCouncil @GreenInfracons

Why London is introducing an urban greening factor?
Peter Massini, Lead – Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority

Read Planning for green infrastructure – the green space factor and learning from Europe

Contact Peter via email or Twitter at @LDN_environment or @PeterMassini

Calculating biodiversity net gain
David Lowe, Principal Ecologist, Warwickshire County Council

Contact David via email

Find out more about Warwickshire County Council's course on biodiversity net gain here, and register your interest using this link.

Making Places Greener – practical tools and insights (part 2)

The Covid-19 pandemic has focussed attention on the importance of access to green space - and the climate crisis has increased interest in planting more trees. This webinar will look at practical ways to make urban areas greener, including: new ways of funding green infrastructure; how to make the most of neglected spaces; and how to ensure that urban tree planting projects are successful.   

‘Making the most of neglected spaces’

Agamemnon Otero, Director, Energy Garden

Tips for successful large-scale urban tree planting

Keith Sacre, Trustee, Trees and Design Action Group

Protecting wildlife from nitrate pollution using nature-based solutions in the Solent

Debbie Tann, CEO, Hants and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Should communities have a right to green space?

This webinar will explore the idea that all communities should have a right to green space, first proposed by Caroline Lucas in May 2020 inGreen Steps to Better and since put forward by a range of organisations The webinar will explore what a ‘right to green space’ might mean; how it could be used to make the distribution of green spaces fairer; and what it means at a local level.       

Why communities should have a right to green space

Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion

Introducing the Green Space Index and how it could be used to put the ‘right to greenspace’ into practice’    

Helen Griffiths, CEO, Fields in Trust

How might the ‘right to green space’ work in London

Trina Lynskey, Chair of Deptford Folk and London Green Spaces Commissioner

The outlook for green infrastructure in Great Britain post-BREXIT

In recent years, the European Union has provided both a strong policy context and significant project funding for green infrastructure across the UK, as well as numerous opportunities to learn from the innovation taking place in other EU countries.  Losing this policy and financial support - and access to pan-EU networks of green infrastructure sector innovation - will be a significant change for the sector. However, in all the UK nations, policy support for green infrastructure has strengthened considerably in the last few years. This webinar will consider the implications of BREXIT for green infrastructure policy and practice in the light of new initiatives being brought forward by the governments of Scotland, Wales and England.

The view from Scotland

Arthur Keller, Head of Structural Funds, NatureScot

The view from England

Clare Warburton, Principal Adviser - Green Infrastructure, Natural England

The view from Wales

Peter Frost, Senior Urban Advisor, Natural Resources Wales

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