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Manchester: “Healthy connection to habitat”

About this event

Evidence shows us there is a link between nature and human health and wellbeing. A ‘natural health service’ approach is becoming part of a doctor’s prescription options instead of a reliance on medication.

Recent events have shown us how important access to nature, trees and greenspace is for people’s physical and mental health and highlighted the need to design nature into new developments and retrofit greenspace and nature into existing urban environments. Making them readily accessible for all citizens.

This session with explore;

  • The connection between our health and nature and how prescriptions are changing
  • What the public perception is towards natural systems and who is responsible for their success
  • How Biodiversity Nett Gains and wellbeing are interlinked and how they can benefit communities
  • Examples from across the world showing the value of urban greening in our cities, connecting with nature by creating places of many places with green & blue layers to create closed loop green Eco system

Chair:

Sam Evans, Head of Natural Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Speakers:

  • Dr William Bird, Chief Executive Officer at Intelligent Health 
  • Hannah Bilston, Associate Director and Cambridge Ecology Team Leader at WSP
  • Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Yvonne Andrea Tan, Director, DP Green Pte Ltd, 2nd VP, Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects

Hosted by

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    Julia Baker Biodiversity Technical Specialist @ Balfour Beatty

    Topic: 'Biodiversity Net Gain and People’s Wellbeing' During the session Julia will outline key principles in good practice for achieving Biodiversity Net Gain in ways that enhance people’s wellbeing.

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    Dr William Bird Chief Executive Officer @ Intelligent Health

    William is a GP and honorary professor at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Intelligent Health and co-edited the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health.

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    Tom Butterworth Technical Director @ WSP

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    Samuel Evans Head of Natural Environment @ Greater Manchester Combined Authority

    Sam is leading the Combined Authority’s work to improve the city natural environment through developing strategy and policy working with a range of partners. This includes the IGNITION project, which seeks to increase and attract investment in greening the urban areas of Greater Manchester.

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    Adam Cane Knowledge Manager @ ACO Technologies Plc

    Qualified Civil Engineer (BSc) with experience as a Highway and Bridge Engineer and Technical Sales Engineer for FEA engineering software. At ACO, he now uses this experience as the Knowledge Manager. Managing the Continued Professional Development portfolio and knowledge base for the company.

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    Yvonne Tan Director & 2nd VP @ DP Green Pte Ltd & Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects

    Topic: Yvonne will explore the value of urban greening in our cities and some of the legislation that has driven change in Singapore. Guiding us through an international portfolio of projects that illustrate how we can connect with nature and build whole cities in nature taking a for, by & with c...

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