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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 Manchesterโ€™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 โ€“ 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
    Arboricultureโ€™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 Londonโ€™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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