City of Trees to host seminar to look at the contribution of trees and Green Infrastructure (GI) to creating resilient cities

29 October 2018

Following on from the recent IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report) which outlined the shocking risks of rising temperatures and flooding, the charity is hosting an event to look at how trees and GI can be part of the solution

 

The free seminar is being run by Manchester-based environmental charity City of Trees and is taking place on Wednesday 21 November at The Lowry in Salford, MediaCityUK.

It will bring together planners, developers, landscape architects, housing associations and local authorities to showcase the role trees and other GI can play in tackling complex environmental problems.

The recent IPCC report highlighted that we only have twelve years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and irreparably damage our natural world.

The full report outlined trees as part of the solution, both in tropical regions as well as urban areas and billions of trees will need to be planted worldwide to lock up carbon and help combat rising temperatures.

Pete Stringer, who leads on Green Infrastructure projects at City of Trees including air quality and flooding comments; “At City of Trees we are trying to encourage key decision makers to ensure trees and GI form an integral part of future town and city planning.” He adds; “At this seminar we aim to inspire people and showcase how trees and other GI can contribute to creating resilient, sustainable cities for the future.”

The event is supported by Hadfield Wood Recyclers. Geoff Hadfield comments; “We’ve been delighted to support City of Trees as our charity of the year for 2018 and have learnt a lot about their work. It's a cause close to our hearts because we process hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste wood into sustainable products every year, so it makes sense we support the beginning of that chain by helping to increase the number of new trees planted around Greater Manchester.”

The event will run from 8:30am – 3:30pm and includes speakers such as Cllr Alex Ganotis, Greater Manchester’s Green City Lead; John Alker, Director of Policy & Places, UK Green Building Council; Tom Armour, Director, ARUP and Amina Aboobakar from United Utilities.

Event sponsorship and event exhibitor opportunities are available. Bookings essential.

For more information visit the event page on the website or contact Sarah on 0161 872 1660 or email sarah@cityoftrees.org.uk .