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FOI: Trees in the Urban Realm

Festival of Ideas: Legacy or Liability – Trees in the Urban Realm

As soon as tree planting is proposed in our congested urban areas, the full plethora of challenges quickly become obvious.

When planning urban tree planting, an understanding of the constraints that urban areas present is critical if long term canopy cover is going to be possible

Our latest webinar challenges the urban planting myths with a host of speakers that have successfully planned and installed urban trees for long term legacy.

Encompassing Right Tree, Right Place, Right Way.

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Howard Gray, PR & Specification Consultant, GreenBlue Urban

Speaker Bio

With nearly 40 years of experience planting trees in urban settings, Howard carries out CPD presentations and site visits to assist contractors, Planners and Architects with their tree planting projects.

Guest Speaker

Pete Stringer

GI Planning & Technical Manager – Manchester City of Trees

Pete has a wide range of experience in Green Infrastructure planning, delivery and research. Graduating from the University of Manchester in 1995 with in an MA in Town Planning Pete worked at Manchester City Council in Development Control and Environmental Planning until 2000

He was appointed by Red Rose Forest (City of Trees) in 2001 to manage the now nationally recognised Green Streets programme which uses GI as a vehicle for engaging and regenerating areas of social deprivation and environmental inequity.

Session Title: Urban constraints at Hilton Street – Manchester

Employing a bespoke mix of different modular cells systems and structural soil when services and pavement widths prevent you from using off the shelf tree pit designs

Utilising recycled soil materials to provide the specific soil media requirements for urban hard landscape trees

Guest Speaker

Natascha McIntyre-Hall

Assistant Director Strategic Developments – Portsmouth City Council

Along with her role at Portsmouth City Council, driving a multi-billion pound modern sustainable transformation agenda, Natascha is currently touring high-profile international events as a keynote speaker and panel member showcasing her ground-breaking approach to regeneration.

Session Title: Lennox Point – For our Future Generations

Natascha Presents the development plans for a new vibrant, car free community on a reclaimed peninsula in Portsmouth.  There are proposals for  new 4000 homes, along with 1 million sq ft of employment space.

With well-being and incorporation of the natural world key to the plans, 70% of the homes have will have a view of blue and the remaining view of green. A truly awe inspiring long term legacy programme.

Guest Speaker

Kate Sparrow

Urban Forest Research Scientist, Forest Research

Kate is an Urban Forest Research Scientist at Forest Research. Her research focusses on understanding the structure and composition of urban forests across the UK, and the growth of trees in the urban environment.

Session Title: Canopy coverage across the UK’s towns and cities

Canopy coverage across the UK’s towns and cities – how does it vary and what to do next? Kate highlights the Land Regeneration and Urban Greenspace Research Group (LRUG) that exists to inform urban policy, planning, and practice related to green infrastructure and climate change adaptation.

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