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Getting trees right in the urban environment

This event will highlight the multifunctional role of trees in green infrastructure and demonstrate the benefits of trees in UK urban environments.

Ticket information

This event is free for CIRIA Network, Core, and Associate members.
This event costs £75 + VAT for non members.

Members of the following are entitled to a 10% discount:
Institute of Chartered Foresters
Arboricultural Association
International Association of Horticultural Producers
The Association of Professional Landscapers
British Association of Landscape Industries
Horticultural Trades Association

Municipal Tree Officers Association
International Association of Aboriculture

15 July 2014, 14:00 - 16:50 (Registration from 13:00)

Trees play a multifunctional role in the built environment and are important components in green infrastructure as they not only improve the environment, but also the overall sustainability of city and urban life.

While most people ‘like’ trees for their aesthetic value, more recently, trees have been better known in regards to their other benefits such as reducing urban heat-island effects and slowing down rain water flow. There are an increasing number of studies across the UK and other countries which demonstrate the benefits of planting and maintaining trees within an urban environment.

However, trees can also cause problems such as subsidence, obstructing sewers etc. Planning and managing urban trees is an important part of long term sustainable green infrastructure, as the right tree should be planted at the right place with good long term management.  

This event will:
  • debate the benefits and costs of trees in UK urban environments
  • discuss issues relating to incorporating and managing trees in the urban environment
  • highlight problems that can occur with urban trees and ways in which these could be resolved
  • provide networking opportunities

Who should attend?

  • Clients
  • Planners
  • Planning consultants
  • Contractors
  • Local Authorities
  • Tree specialists
  • Landscape architects and contractors

This event has a value of 2.5 hours towards your CPD (As recognised by ICF, ICE, CIOB, RICS, CIBSE, IstructE).


13.00-14.00 Networking lunch and registration
14.00-14.10 Chairman’s introduction

14.10-14.30 Trees and urban green infrastructure - future functional cities
Ross Cameron, Sheffield University

14.30-14.50 Trees in the urban environment – are they really worth it?
Jim Smith, Forestry Commission

14.50-15.10 Responsible sourcing - how can we avoid importing pestilence and plague
Emma Clark, The Horticultural Trades Association

15.10-15.25 Refreshment break and networking

15.25-15.45 Trees and water management - the National Archives Water Management project
Keith Maynard, the National Archives

15.45-16.05 Successful integration of trees in the built environment
Martin Gammie CwT Ltd

16.05 - 16.25 Urban trees and water management
Dean Bowie, GreenBlue Urban

16.25-16.55 Questions and discussions

16.55-17.10 Summing up and close

The National Archives
Surrey TW9 4DU




If you are unable to book online, please contact Patrick Williams on 0207 549 3308 or return the booking form by post or fax.

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