This conference builds upon the success of the 2008 Trees: The Key to Climate Proofing Our Cities conference focusing on the University of Manchester’s research showing the influence of green infrastructure on the urban climate.
Available data underpin the case for ensuring there is no avoidable loss of large-canopy urban trees, providing for future large trees in urban design and planning, and bringing our parks into city streets. To effect necessary change, no change in legislation is necessary – but rather a co-ordination and re-direction of thinking and practice.
This conference aims to mobilise policy makers and the wider community to ensure a sustainable urban forest canopy capable of meeting future climate adaptation needs. The urban canopy agenda will be met by including climate adaptation within the national health and well-being agenda.
Professor John Handley OBE, University of Manchester Conference Chair
Tim Rollinson, Director General of the Forestry Commission Keynote Address
Neville, Treework Environmental Practice Arboriculture’s role in trees and climate adaptation
Dr Susannah Gill, University of Manchester The essential role of trees: Adapting cities to climate change by managing high temperatures and reducing pressure on drainage systems
Isabel Dedring, Mayoral Advisor on the Environment The spatial framework for London and the importance of London’s urban canopy
Dr Mark Johnston MBE, Myerscough College Trees in Towns II: Government recognition of urban forest needs
Martin Kelly, MD Capita Lovejoy / Trees and Design Action Group Big trees in the four-dimensional urban realm
Diane Smith, Town & Country Planning Association Planning for eco-towns: Water and green Infrastructure, A European perspective
Tony Hutchings, Forest Research The Forest Research Climate Change and Street Trees project
Eugene Dreyer, Terry Farrell & Partners The Thames Gateway: The design vision and creating treed infrastructure
Dr Paula Vandergert, Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment (CABE) Sustainable cities: Creating tools for better green urban design
Pete Stringer, Red Rose Forest Green infrastructure: A vehicle for working with communities to tackle climate change
Katie Roberts , Trees for Cities Securing urban trees through community involvement: Planting street and community trees in disadvantaged urban locations
Paula Vandergert (CABE); Katie Roberts (Trees for Cities); Eugene Dreyer (Terry Farrell & Partners); Pete Stringer (Red Rose Forest); Martin Kelly, (Trees and Design Action Group); Tim Rollinson (DG Forestry Commission); Dr Mark Johnston MBE (Myerscough College); Neville (Treework); Professor John Handley OBE (University of Manchester); Tony Hutchings (Forest Research); Dr Susannah Gill (University of Manchester); Diane Smith (TCPA)