Registration is open for the Greener Recovery Festival taking place on 22-26 March 2021, from 9.00am to 1.00pm

In order to meet the UK’s 2050 net zero carbon target, the economic and social recovery from COVID-19 must be green. Parks and green spaces need significant investment that matches their role as vital national assets.

The Greener Recovery Festival takes place between 22 and 26 March 2021, welcoming a diverse and international audience on an accessible online platform. Exceptional thought leaders will gather to debate the greener recovery, with topics ranging from climate to biodiversity action. Key discussions will be around net zero, environmental net gain, adaptation, and natural capital accounting.

Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will give a keynote speech on the natural capital approach to a green recovery.

Doctor Tony Juniper CBE, Chair of Natural England, will present A National Nature Recovery Network – Why and How? Tony will discuss the need for a joined-up approach based on partnerships and combining different policy tools.

Viginijus Sinkevicius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, will discuss the European Green Deal – the EU’s largest ever investment in green recovery.

Other key sessions include:

  • Working together towards climate justice and climate equity – Judy Ling Wong CBE, Honorary President of the Black Environment Network
  • Greening development – Phil Askew CMLI, Director Landscape and Placemaking at Peabody; Dr Julie Godefroy, Technical Manager at CIBSE; and Jane Walne, Head of Projects and Programmes at Leeds City Council
  • Designing water management in light of climate change – Andy Graham, Senior Project Manager at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • Beyond the Usual Suspects: Climate equity in practice – engaging diverse communities – Dr Helen Hoyle, Senior Lecturer in Healthy Built Environments at UWE Bristol
  • Developing species-rich spaces: little known ways of addressing carbon, pollution and biodiversity issues – James Hewetson Brown – Wildflower Turf; Dr Matthew Tallis – University Centre Sparsholt; Joe Franklin – Aecom; Matt Pitts – Plantlife.

Attendees will be able to learn:

  • how to challenge systemic racism to widen access to green spaces and diversify the landscape profession
  • strategies to mitigate overheating risk at early design stages, including building as well as surrounding environment
  • actions to address issues of climate justice and climate equity
  • what a nature-led approach means – and why coordinated action in rural and urban environments and at different spatial scales is essential
  • what the Nature Recovery Network is, and how it will be delivered

The LI are delighted to have Green Blue Urban, Hardscape, Jupiter Play, Pictorial Meadows, Polypipe, Timberplay, Vestre, Vectorworks, and Wildflower Turf sponsoring this event.

Flexible ticket types are available. You can choose single or multiple-day access, or attend the full event. Early bird rates are available. For more information, visit


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