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Day 1. 5 Addressing Inequality in Parks promoting inclusion – Poverty vs Equity


The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of parks and green infrastructure to our health and wellbeing. However, it has also exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities in terms of who has access to green space. This session will explore what the data tells us about these differentials, what barriers people face and what this means for the way we plan, design and manage open spaces. 

It will then take you through Birmingham’s journey on how we have identified key opportunities to embed green spaces and nature into a wide range of Local Authority departments. 

Chair: Aileen Melia, Landscape Design Manager, Newground CIC 

Aileen has 20 plus years experience as a landscape architect, working with schools, community groups, local authorities and other agencies, across a wide range of projects that give everyone greater access to essential green spaces. She has worked on canal towpaths, cycle ways, play areas, outdoor classrooms, community gardens and allotments, school grounds, meadow and woodland creation, and small art projects, and inclusiveness and access is pivotal to a successful design process.


Graham Duxbury, Chief Executive, Groundwork UK 

Graham was appointed Groundwork UK’s Chief Executivein 2014, having served in a number of other roles in the organisation building national relationships and partnerships, generating income, developing programmes and leading on policy and communications.


Hamira Sultan, Consultant in Public Heath, Birmingham City Council 

Hamira has been a Consultant in Public Health since 2014, and worked in Public Health for 12 years. Starting her early career as a research scientist at Pfizer, Hamira switched to Public Health in 2008 by studying an MPH. She is currently CPH in Birmingham City Council leading a £1.2 million programme called Future Parks Accelerator.



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