The second annual seminar held by City of Trees, which will seek to push the importance of green infrastructure in urban development, is to be held at Manchester’s Great Northern on 19 September.
The event is aimed at those involved in planning and regeneration as well as landscape architects, developers and built environment professionals, and will explore the role green infrastructure plays in creating sustainable and economically viable urban areas.
A range of speakers will make the case for why and how green infrastructure needs to be an integral component of new build.
Great Northern developers Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group are supporting the event. Robert Wolstenholme, founder of Trilogy, will speak on the day. He said: “As we work to promote Manchester as a world class city-region, it is vital that we recognise the quality of our green infrastructure and continue to develop it to maximise the benefit it delivers for all Mancunians. I’m proud that Trilogy Real Estate, with our partner Peterson Group, is supporting Manchester City of Trees in this task.”
Also speaking will be Matt Wells, who will give an overview of his experiences as London Tree Officer and his involvement in New York City’s successful MillionTreesNYC campaign.
Cllr Alex Ganotis, leader of Stockport Council and appointed Greater Manchester lead for the Green City region, will outline the Greater Manchester Mayor’s vision for a greener, sustainable Greater Manchester. Other speakers include Arup director Tom Armour and Nicola Hancock, associate director at The Environment Partnership.
Pete Stringer, special projects manager at City of Trees said: “We want to inspire planners and developers to ensure that things like trees, hedges and green spaces are seen as an integral part of creating places that people want to live, work and invest in.
“Our aim is for a greener Greater Manchester and we’re calling on those who are at the forefront of changing the face of our city region to come together and share best practice.”
City of Trees is a movement which aims to plant 3 million trees, one for every man, woman and child across Greater Manchester within a generation. Around 120 people are expected at the event, which is fully booked.