Green Cities campaign to launch at Parliament

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) will launch a three-year European green infrastructure scheme at a Parliamentary event on 10 December, highlighting the benefits of greening UK urban areas.

The Green Cities campaign has a budget of €2.1 million that will be financed with aid from the European Union up to 80% and will run from now until the end of 2020.

In January 2018, ENA - the European Nurserystock Association - signed a grant agreement with CHAFEA (Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency) of the European Commission to launch a promotional campaign with the slogan 'Green Cities for a sustainable Europe'.

Seven of the ENA members are working together on this initiative and funding it: AVBS-VLAM from Belgium, BAOPN from Bulgaria, Danske Planteskoler from Denmark, BdB from Germany, Val’hor from France, HTA from the UK and Anthos-LTO-‘De Groene Stad’ from the Netherlands.

The HTA has subcontracted TCPA to manage the campaign on its behalf, delivered under the Green Infrastructure Partnership name. The Parliamentary launch will inform the Government and planners of the campaign's aims. ENA's Tim Edwards will be among the speakers.

The project 'Green Cities for a Sustainable Europe' is a business-to-business promotion campaign, targeted at professionals that play a decisive role in city planning, and landscape planning.

The project aims to give tools and technical background for decision makers and politicians to communicate the message of green cities for a sustainable Europe to the public.  

TCPA said: "All over the UK dynamic local leaders are taking the initiative to make places greener by planting street trees, improving parks and green spaces, incorporating green roofs into new developments, and using local policies and investments strategies to maximise the benefits of greener places. They are inspired by the robust evidence that greener places attract more inward investment; improve people's mental and physical health; and help to combat the effects of climate change."

The launch of Green Cities is being hosted by Peter Aldous MP. Senior local leaders will also speak.

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