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LI and RTPI Collaboration: Discussing Trees


This interactive session will cover an important questions such us:

  • What have trees ever done for us
  • What are the barriers to getting more trees in the urban environment
  • What professional skills and resources do we need to deliver the ambition for street trees in new development
  • What is the role of trees in the proposed Nature Recovery Strategies
  • How do we retrofit trees into existing places that may never have had them
  • What are to top three planning and design considerations for happy trees and great places


Timothy Crawshaw, Wei Yang, Jane Findlay

Timothy Crawshaw MA MRTPI FRSA is the Vice President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, working as an International Planning and Development Consultant in the areas of urban design, planning, green infrastructure, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. With experience in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East, alongside an expanding UK practice, he has a specific interest in the role of the nature based approaches to addressing the climate emergency, alongside improving health and wellbeing outcomes and tackling inequality.

Wei Yang is the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 2021. She is a lead figure in researching, promoting, and implementing 21st Century Garden City approach worldwide.  She has extensive experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams. Her professional strengths lie in combining innovative planning inspirations with feasible implementation solutions.

Jane Findlay is a Landscape Architect, the founding director of Fira and President Elect of the Landscape Institute. Jane is particularly experienced in the design of the healing landscape for healthcare. She has delivered some of the largest and most complex healthcare projects in the UK. Jane is passionate about promoting the psychological and physical benefits that quality landscape design plays in all aspects of the public realm. 



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