Green Places: Putting the local environment at the heart of the devolution agenda

Event starts:

Monday 18 April 2016 12.30 – 17.30

The Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street W1W 6JJ

Keynote speaker: Cllr Judith Blake (leader of Leeds City Council)


This conference was organised by the Fabian Society in association with Groundwork, the Landscape Institute and the Woodland Trust. It built on the Fabian Society report Places to Be: Green spaces for active citizenship which sought to reimagine how green spaces might flourish during an extended period of fiscal consolidation.

In particular, the conference discussed how city leaders and councils can make green infrastructure a bigger part of their devolution strategies; and how creating vibrant, accessible and sustainable green spaces can increase democratic engagement. The conference was made up of three sessions:

  • Green Deals: How can city leaders and councils make green infrastructure a bigger part of their devolution strategies? 13:30- 14:45
  • Popular Environmentalism After Paris: How can we harness people’s pride of place to meet the Paris goals? 14:45- 16:00
  • After the CSR: How can we sustain our green and open spaces following the latest round of spending cuts? 16:15 – 17:30

Speakers included: Cllr Judith Blake (leader of Leeds City Council), Kerry McCarthy MP (shadow environment secretary), Lord Glasman (Labour Peer), Noel Farrar (Landscape Institute), Ruth Davis (E3G), James Cooper (Woodland Trust), Leo Murray (10:10), Polly Billington (We Are Here Now), Lydia Ragoonanan (Nesta), Graham Duxbury (Groundwork), Peter Massini (principal policy officer- green infrastructure, Greater London Authority), Emma Burnell (NLGN) and Ed Wallis (Fabian Society).

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