Growing green and healthy places: AIPH International Green City Conference

Green planting in urban areas will be the call to action for the industry at the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Green City Conference. The global event, supported by the Horticultural Trades Association, will take place on Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at One Great George Street, London, UK.

Organised by the AIPH Green City Committee the conference 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 outstanding line-up of speakers at the conference includes:

  • 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.

Commenting on the event 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.?

Following the conference, a Green City Dinner will be held on board HMS Belfast, London on the same evening of 1 April 2014 and will bring together all those with an enthusiasm for greening towns and cities from all over the world.

For those who would like to enjoy London?s green, urban areas prior to the main event there will also be a Green City London Tour, culminating in the Olympic Park on 31 March 2014.

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