LI Fellow Val Kirby will be among the speakers at the forthcoming International Green City Conference 2014, the theme of which is Growing green and healthy places.

Conference to discuss greening towns and cities

Organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) Green City Committee, the conference takes place on 1 April at One Great George Street, London. Promoting the message that green planting in urban areas is good for public health, the environment, society and the economy, the conference will highlight case studies and research from around the world.

Kirby will review what makes a healthy landscape. Other speakers will include Sir Richard Thompson, president of the UK’s Royal College of Physicians.Tom Butterworth, from Natural England, will assess tools for placing a financial value on landscape, while the Town and Country Planning Association’s Julia Thrift will detail future plans for the Green Infrastructure Partnership.
In addition, international case studies from Taipei, Australia and The Netherlands will show what can be achieved through being a green city, while Mark Camley, from the London Legacy Development Corporation, will reveal lessons learnt from the Olympic Park.
‘The AIPH Green City Conference is designed to assist planners, councillors, local authorities, health directors, architects and landscape architects, the construction industry, contractors, green space experts and the horticultural industry to see what can be achieved in terms of urban greening and why it matters so much,’ says AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe. The conference, he adds, ‘will help delegates from around the world in building a case for change in this important area’.
For more details and to book places visit www.greencity-events.org

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