International speakers will showcase linear parks and vertical forests

Bosco Verticale, Milan, hosts 900 trees and more than 20,000 plants. Photo: Paolo Rosselli

This year’s Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) forum takes place on 15 June in Edinburgh. The one-day event will discuss ‘the importance of green infrastructure in cities and urban environments in transforming the way we live today’.

The three keynote speakers are:

  • Italian architect Francesca Cesa Bianchi of Stefano Boeri Architects, who will be discussing Bosco Verticale, a vertical forest on two residential towers in Milan – the equivalent of 7,000 sq m of forest
  • Wendy Langham, programme manager from Eastside Partnership in Belfast, who will look at the Connswater Community Greenway, a 9km linear park following three rivers in East Belfast
  • Niels Jensen, a traffic planner with the City of Copenhagen, who will discuss the Danish city’s cycle network and 60km of green routes

Keith Geddes, chair of the CSGN Trust, said: ‘Our international speakers will present inspiring city projects that are creating more liveable places, which are better for health, well-being and urban biodiversity and which contribute to local culture and identity and help with climate change resilience.’

Presentations will be complemented by walks, workshops and debates.

The conference will take place in the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls. Tickets are free but places are limited. Book at


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