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LI Webinar: Urban reforestation as effective climate change mitigation


Wide-ranging presentation covering urban tree planting, sustainable drainage systems and green wall planting specifically designed to not only help adapt to climate change but to create safer, cleaner, and healthier towns and cities for future generations. 

Species choice, best practice planting methods and incorporation of sustainable drainage systems open new possibilities that will enhance our towns and cities, making them resilient, future-proofed, and simply more pleasant.  

 Urban biodiversity will also be covered in this session – a matter of concern to many local authorities who desire to re-wild our towns, bringing in flora and fauna that may have flourished in the past, but have been reduced by the removal of natural habitat. 


Learning outcomes: 
  • Understanding  different tree planting methodologies, and how effective they are  
  • Importance of retro-fitting SuDS systems which are multi-functional to make urban areas resilient  
  • Alternative  ways to green screen vertical walls, and the advantages to the built environment  

Speaker: Howard Gray, PR and Specification Consultant, GreenBlue Urban

Howard has long been an urban tree advocate. Growing up around (and in) trees, he intuitively understands the essential necessity of levelling up access to Greenspace, and having a healthy urban tree canopy cover. Howard has worked with architects, landscape architects, main contractors, landscape contractors and local authority officers to achieve the aims of all stakeholders. Following COP26, the emphasis on urgency of intervention has encouraged many practitioners to increase tree planting numbers, but Howard’s concern is that quality of planting may be compromised by the quantity being planted.

Host: Sharon Durdant-Hollamby, Company Owner/Director, Sharon Hosegood Associates Ltd 

Sharon is a Chartered Arboriculturist and Director of Sharon Hosegood Associates. She is president of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and a regular speaker. Her expertise is trees and the planning process, and trees on development sites. Sharon focusses on city developments and rural masterplanning with a view to how the impact of development affects canopy cover and ecosystem services. She has considerable experience of tree root investigations and hosts the podcast Tree Lady Talks.



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