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Natural Capital Group Conference 2018 - 'Connecting People with Nature'

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:00
Manchester Museum Oxford Road Manchester M13 9PL


A Natural Capital Group conference for the public, private and third sectors exploring how we can support Greater Manchester’s natural environment as a destination to visit, volunteer at and enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle.


The purpose of the conference is to clarify and understand:

  • Why do we need to connect with our natural environment?
  • Where can we connect with our natural environment?
  • What are we doing to connect with our natural environment?

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and networking including a facilitated workshop session and Mayors Green Summit listening event. 

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Cllr Alex Ganotis, Leader of Stockport Council and Greater Manchester Lead for the Green City Region 
  • Dominic Higgins, Nature and Wellbeing Manager, The Wildlife Trust 
  • Prof Sarah Lindley, Professor of Geography, University of Manchester
  • Jessica Thompson, Community Liaison Manager, City of Trees
  • Jane Houghton, Senior Adviser, Valuing the Environment, Natural England
  • Anna Hetterley, Carbon Landscape Programme Manager, Lancashire Wildlife Trust 
  • Anna da Silva, Programme Director, RHS Bridgewater
  • Hayley Lever, Strategic Manager, GM Moving
  • Henry McGhie, Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology, Manchester Museum

Who should attend?

Please note that this event is free to attend and is aimed at representatives from the public, private and third sectors that have an interest in protecting, enhancing and using our natural environment, including:

  • Local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Local Nature Partnerships
  • Government departments and academics from leading institutions
  • Businesses, business networks and environmental regulatory organisations
  • Environmental and sustainable development organisations