Future Parks Accelerator Free Conference

You can now book your free space at the Future Parks Accelerator online conference, Naturally Thriving: Rethinking Urban Green Space, 17 to 19 October 2022. Future Parks has been supporting partner cities and towns to transform urban green space, redefining the role it has to play in the 21st century. The conference will share 3 years of learning from the programme, showing how green infrastructure in towns and cities can help places adapt to climate change, create jobs, attract investment, and improve people’s health.

Regional and local leaders including Andy Street (Mayor of the West Midlands), Tracey Lee (Chief Executive, Plymouth City Council) and more will share their views and stories of transformational change from across the UK and beyond. Learn what it means to lead city-scale changes, and inspire people to work together to create a greener future.

After a thought-provoking opening day, you will have the opportunity to join half-day sessions diving deeper into four key themes.

  • Healthy parks, healthy places
  • Urban nature and forests
  • Community activation and participation
  • Funding and finance for urban green space

Sessions will use real life examples to give practical advice on how to make big ideas happen in today’s towns and cities. Hear from members of the Future Parks cohort alongside leading voices and practitioners, discussing topics like:

  • Navigating the Health Sector
  • Why Cities Need Trees and How to Increase Tree Cover in Urban Areas
  • Everyone Welcome: Creating Green Spaces and Places That Work for Everyone
  • Habitat Banking and Biodiversity Net Gain: A case study from Plymouth

Alongside showcases and panels, we are curating a resource library that you can access during and after the conference. You will be able to explore the work of the current Future Parks cohort, join interactive workspaces, and access a range of media.

You’ll leave with inspiration and know-how to help you put nature-based solutions at the heart of policy and placemaking in your town or city.

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