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


Past event: Green spaces for people and wellbeing

21 May, 10.00 – 11.30

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
Key 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

Key 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] - www.judylingwong.co.uk - www.ben-network.org.uk


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

Key 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

The presentation slides are available to download by clicking on the presentation titles above. 


Past event: How the natural environment can help combat climate change

27 May, 14.00 – 15.30

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

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

The presentation slides are available to download by clicking on the presentation titles above. 


Upcoming event: Making places greener - practical tools and insights

4 June, 14.00 – 15.30

Creating a greener Swansea
Penny Gruffydd, Sustainability Policy Officer, City & County of Swansea and Fran Rolfe, Sustainable Places Officer, Natural Resources Wales

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

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

For the full agenda, please click here.


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