Place-making and Prosperous Cities

Place-making and Prosperous Cities: The Essential role of trees and green infrastructure (GI)

Thursday 22 September 9am – 12:30pm; Manchester City Football Academy, Press Conference Theatre, 400 Ashton New Road, Manchester M11 4TQ.trees

This free seminar is for developers, landscape architects, planners, engineers and those working in the fields of social housing and regeneration.

Spearheaded by Dr Kathleen Wolf from The University of Washington, a leading world authority on the economic and social benefits derived from GI, this event will inform, and inspire attendees to think about innovative urban greening initiatives in our cities and towns.

The event is chaired by Steve Connor, CEO of leading digital agency Creative Concern, with the programme as follows:

Dr Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington – Trees: An essential component in place-making and creating prosperous cities
Dr. Kathleen Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at the College of the Environment, University of Washington, and a key collaborator with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station on urban forestry studies.
Dr Wolf’s presentation will focus on the positive impact that trees can have on property prices and the attractiveness of shopping destinations.

Stephen O’Malley, Director, Civic Engineers – Green Infrastructure & The Movement of people and water 
Stephen has a wealth of experience in designing innovative solutions to transport and surface water flooding problems with GI forming an integral part of these solutions.
His presentation will focus on the function of public spaces and the role they play in place-making; outline alternative approaches to public realm design and the incorporation of GI as well as the role trees and GI play in managing water.

Dean Bowie, CEO, GreenBlue Urban – Essential space for trees: below and above ground
Dean is the founding Director of GreenBlue Urban, which was established to research and provide solutions for helping trees to successfully establish in urban spaces.
Dean’s presentation will look at the latest urban tree planting methodology and explain what is needed to create the essential conditions necessary for successful and sustainable tree growth.

Pete Bradshaw, Director of Estate Development at Manchester City Football Club – Why a world class sporting facility needed world class Green Infrastructure
Pete is responsible for the sustainable and viable development of the Club’s estate and properties, sustainable procurement, responsible development, environmental, energy and ethical behaviour management.
His presentation will focus on the development of the new MCFC Training Academy and will explain why GI was seen as integral to the vision and business case for creating a world class sporting venue and regeneration scheme.

To book email seminar@cityoftrees.org.uk or call 0161 872 1660

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