Trees and urban climate adaptation

A social agenda for liveable cities 

19 November 2009

What was the event?

This conference aimed to mobilise policy makers and the wider community to ensure a sustainable urban forest canopy capable of meeting future climate adaptation needs. The urban canopy agenda will be met by including climate adaptation within the national health and well-being agenda.

Available data underpin the case for ensuring there is no avoidable loss of large-canopy urban trees, providing for future large trees in urban design and planning, and bringing our parks into city streets. To effect necessary change, no change in legislation is necessary – but rather a co-ordination and re-direction of thinking and practice.

Tony Hutchings, the Head of Forest Research Land Regeneration and Urban Greenspace presented "The Forest Research Climate Change and Street Trees project" at the conference.

This conference built upon the success of the 2008 "Trees: The Key to Climate Proofing Our Cities" conference focusing on the University of Manchester’s research showing the influence of green infrastructure on the urban climate.

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Who was the event suitable for?

Policy makers and the wider community.

Where did the event take place?

The Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
London SW7 2AR


For further information please contact:

Treework Environmental Practice
The Wool Hall
12 St Thomas Street
Tel: (+44) 0117 9105 200
Fax: (+44) 0117 926 0221