Our city’s shared plan to tackle climate change


The contribution of trees and Green Infrastructure to creating resilient cities

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 08:30 to 15:30
Pier 8 Room, The Lowry, Salford Quays

This free, informative seminar will bring together planners, developers, landscape architects, GI professionals, housing associations and local authorities to look at how trees and other GI can contribute to creating resilient, sustainable cities for the future.


A range of speakers will showcase examples from across the globe as well as Greater Manchester highlighting how GI, both in our cities and on the urban fringe, can play an integral role in helping to address some of our most complex urban environmental problems such as flooding, vulnerability to extreme heat and poor air quality.


The seminar will also highlight the importance of GI in setting the scene for investment, strengthening communities and creating places that people want to live, work and play in.


Chaired by Marcel Ridyard, Senior Associate, AFL Architects. 

Confirmed speakers include - More to be announced soon!

  • Pete Stringer, City of Trees - An introduction to the City of Trees movement and it’s key aims, outlining some of the benefits of trees and GI as well as an overview of some of the key projects being delivered in the City region
  • Caroline Simpson, Corporate Director for Place Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - Speaking about the plans for the Stockport Interchange and how GI can play a key role in the regeneration process and raise the profile of town centres
  • Adam Higgins, Co-founder of Capital & Centric - Capital & Centric’s approach to creating gardens in its urban developments, green is the new tarmac
  • Cllr Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council and Green City lead - Presenting key ideas from the Springboard document, sharing why Greater Manchester is committed to creating ‘A carbon neutral, climate resilient city-region with a thriving natural environment and circular, zero-waste economy’
  • Dr James Levine, Impact Fellow, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, University of Birmingham - Clarifying the role of strategic green infrastructure in reducing exposure to urban air pollution: cutting through the mixed messages for improved public health
  • Tom Armour, Director | Landscape Leader, ARUP - We need to act now in terms of creating healthier cities and this talk will look at the wide benefits of GI for social, economic and environmental gain. It will outline how all those involved in the built environment need to plan and design GI and Nature based solutions as an ‘essential infrastructure’ on all projects. The presentation will showcase great example of GI interventions from around the world