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Groundwork to champion young people at TCPA and GIP green infrastructure conference

Posted on 14 June 2016

Groundwork UK Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury will set out the case for developing a new generation of young green leaders at the ‘Green Infrastructure – from concept to reality’ conference on Thursday 16 June 2016.

The conference, hosted by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and the Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP) will be examining the scope for using multifunctional green infrastructure across the UK to deliver a range of social, economic and environmental policy objectives.   

Groundwork is supporting the conference and will be reflecting on its experience of delivering local environmental projects that bring health and wellbeing benefits in disadvantaged communities. 

Speaking about the conference, Graham said: “We’re pleased to be supporting this important and timely debate.  The benefits of good green infrastructure for communities have been well proven.  At a time of reduced public spending the ability of green spaces to act as places where people can build social networks, stay healthy and improve their skills becomes even more important. 

“We’re particularly focused on ensuring young people get a greater say in how their neighbourhoods are designed and managed.  Young people will suffer disproportionately from a reduction in the quality or accessibility of green space and, with the right support, can be powerful advocates and activists. 

"We need to find better ways of harnessing this potential to ensure the next generation of decision-makers is equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources to protect and improve green infrastructure in the long term.”