Speakers at the AIPH International Green City Conference on 1 April in London, will call for green planting in urban areas.
The global event, whose media partner Horticulture Week, will highlight case studies and research from around the world to show that "we simply cannot afford not to re-focus on greening our towns and cities".
The speakers at the conference include:
Sir Richard Thompson, president of the UK’s Royal College of Physicians, who will lay out why green planting has an important role in improving public health.
- Val Kirby, fellow of the Landscape Institute with a review of what makes a healthy landscape.
- Tom Butterworth from Natural England who will assess tools for placing a financial value on landscape.
- Julia Thrift of the Town and Country Planning Association with details of future plans for the Green Infrastructure Partnership.
In addition, international case studies from Chinese Taipei, Australia and The Netherlands will show what can be achieved through being a Green City, whilst from the UK the lessons from the Olympic Park will be revealed by Mark Camley from the London Legacy Development Corporation.
AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe said:
"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. This conference will help delegates from around the world in building a case for change in this important area."