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Treework Environmental Practice Conference XV

Trees and Urban Climate Adaptation

A social agenda for liveable cities
In partnership with the Forestry Commission

19th November 2009

The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

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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)
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