The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG), brings together individuals, professionals, academics and organisations from wide ranging disciplines in both the public and private sectors to improve knowledge and good practice to support the role of urban trees through better collaboration in the planning, design, construction and management and maintenance of our urban places.
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Held in person in Birmingham and online,
23-24th April 2024
TDAG’s Sue James FICFor (Hon) AA Dipl RIBA, chair of the programme steering group said “the conference focus is on working together across the built and natural environment by inviting some of the key professional institutions and organisations that could influence positive outcomes – for trees, people, place, nature and buildings – to curate sessions within their areas of specialisation. We are pleased with the varied programme and the opportunity for attendees to network and strengthen future collaboration.”
All details can be found here.
Climate change is creating more extreme weather, and the frequency and severity of both flooding events and droughts is increasing. Sustainable water resource management is essential to reduce the impact of flooding, prepare and respond to droughts, while improving water quality. Trees and other green infrastructure play an important role in sustainable water resource management – but also need effective water resource management to survive and thrive in urban areas. Our new short guide, which is relevant for all working in the built environment, explains how we can and should be managing water as a resource, with a focus on the role of trees and other green infrastructure in urban areas. Available here.
An online workshop exploring all aspects of urban water will take place on 15th November from 2-4pm (GMT). You can register here.
This is published alongside an update of Section One and outlines how such a strategy can be developed for local authorities and for all owners of trees and woodlands.
Accompanying this, Appendix: Urban forest sustainability performance Indicators for the UK is an aid to monitory progress once a strategic plan has been agreed.
Briefing Note 01: Legislation, policy and guidance on trees and development throughout the UK adds further support.
With the evidence-based understanding that urban trees can delivery multiple social, environmental and economic benefits particularly in the context of our two critical challenges of climate change and biodiversity decline, ensuring that existing urban trees are retained and that new trees are a requirement for all new developments, TDAG is calling for all local authorities to have adopted tree strategies.
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