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Day 1. 7 Using Landscape to create child-led community green spaces and playgrounds


This session will include a live case study with BDP and Timberplay discussing a recently completed new park in West Gorton, commissioned by Manchester City Council and the final piece in a £100m regeneration scheme of 500 new homes, new community facilities and school improvements. The park is part of an innovative scheme to use nature-based solutions to combat the effects of climate change and reduce stormwater flooding. It seeks to promote social cohesion and wellbeing as well as environmental benefits to the city. The aim of the scheme is to encourage visitors to interact with nature and feel a strong sense of community.

Mark Grimshaw, Timberplay; Jenny Ferguson CMLI, BDP; Chair: Andree Davies FLI, Davies White Ltd

Mark Grimshaw, Timberplay

Passionate about engaging with the environment – a keen walker, runner and cyclist – Mark wants children to develop via natural play opportunities, and by experiencing risk and challenge. Mark holds a degree in Geography from Lancaster University, and a Masters in Urban Regeneration and Development which was achieved at the University of Manchester. His role at Timberplay has seen him working with Landscape Architects on play projects across the UK - most recently on, the LI Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing award nominee project, Catherine Street Inclusive Play Park.


Jenny Ferguson, BDP

Jenny Ferguson is an Associate Landscape Architect within BDP’s Manchester Studio, with over 15 years’ experience designing and delivering a wide range of projects in the UK and oversees. Jenny works across the full professional spectrum, from masterplanning to detailed design, with a portfolio of projects including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Chavasse Park Liverpool One, Manchester Science Park, and the recently completed West Gorton Community Park.


Andree Davies FLI, Davies White Ltd

Andrée is a director of Davies White Ltd., Landscape Architect & plantswoman and a Fellow of the Landscape Institute. She is a multi RHS gold medal award winning designer specialising in child centred play and therapeutic landscapes. She has been a practising Landscape Architect for 25years after graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, and is a Graduate of Plants & Plantsmanship at the English Gardening School at the
Chelsea Physic Garden in London. Andrée is a member of the Association of Project Management. She is also a visiting Tutor at the London College of Garden Design based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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