Trees, People and the Built Environment 5 – International Urban Trees Research Conference

Date: 23rd & 24th April 2024   Time:    Location: Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Rd, Birmingham B5 7QU

The fifth Trees, People and the Built Environment (#TPBE5) conference will examine two very different roles for trees – how they can improve the quality of place for both people and nature and their role in the net zero carbon ambition for buildings and the built environment. 

This event takes place over two days, oEdgbaston Stadium, Birmingham. 

Day 1
– chaired by Kevin McCloud
Big Debate: Getting it right – achieving long term above ground benefits from trees
The urban forest is particularly beneficial as an above ground experience, but achieving an urban forest from which all will benefit now and into the future requires vision, investment, creative design, planning and competence in both delivery and aftercare. Join us for this opening Big Debate with leaders from across the built and natural environment sectors.

Followed by sessions:

  • Our vision for an urban landscape for people and nature. Hosted by Landscape Institute
  • Roads as green places. Hosted by CIHT
  • Planning for trees -The role of planning in driving the agenda for increased urban tree cover. Hosted by RTPI
  • What are truly green jobs? Hosted by CIEEM

Day 2 – chaired by Gary Newman (CEO of Woodknowledge Wales and ASBP Board member).
Big Debate: Getting it right – for timber in construction and trees as critical infrastructure
The construction industry is responsible for about 40% of current emissions and so has a major role to play. This has put a spotlight on the role of timber in buildings and therefore on opportunities in the UK for productive forestry. This puts a further spotlight on competing land uses. At the same time, trees have a major role to play in both climate adaptation and mitigation raising the question of how to better integrate trees in lower rise (housing) developments without exacerbating issues such as subsidence and both effective guidance and delivery on the ground are vital. 

Followed by sessions:

  • Productive timber and its use in construction. Hosted by IStructE and RIBA.
    The speakers include ASBP’s CEO Simon Corbey, together with Duncan Baker-Brown FRSA RIBA (BakerBrown Studio), Dr Will Hawkins (University of Bath), Jess Hrivnak (RIBA), Andrew Lawrence (Arup), and Jez Ralph (Evolving Forests).
  • Commercial outputs from the urban forest. Hosted by Institute of Chartered Foresters
  • Integrating above and below ground to achieve above ground ambition. Hosted by TDAG
  • If trees are an important part of our infrastructure, how can we manage them as such and demonstrate their value? Hosted by CIRIA

For further information about the conference, and booking details, click here.


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