Green Infrastructure for Ecosystem Services in Glasgow
The Theatre Royal in Glasgow hosted the first in this 18-month series of UK-wide Green Infrastructure Partnership interdisciplinary training.
This workshop explored issues facing Glasgow of surface water management, urban heat island, and the quality of air, water and biodiversity.
The workshop provided an in-depth introduction to Green Infrastructure and the ecosystem services approach, in the light of changes in local planning and environment policy and opportunities to take an ecosystem services approach to the design, planning, implementation, retrofit and maintenance of Glasgow.
Participants worked in groups to produce a practical design, applying an ecosystem services approach to development, using the Theatre Royal as a case study, to develop a practical understanding of the principles involved.
This workshop aimed to share expertise amongst local built environment professionals, practitioners and designers, planners, ecologists and policy makers, local authorities, housing providers and community representatives, contractors and green space managers.
TfL St James | GRC
Eversheds London HQ | RESET
As well as local guest speakers, this workshop was led by two of the UK's foremost practitioners on urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services:
Gary Grant | MIEEM, CEnv, AoU, Director of the Green Roof Consultancy
A chartered environmentalist and ecologist with 30 years of experience involving several hundred projects of ecological survey and assessment, biodiversity action planning, green infrastructure planning, site design and management plans. Gary works closely with built environment professionals encouraging them to use the ecosystem services approach. He is also an Academican of the Academy of Urbanism and a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity.
Dusty Gedge | President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations, Director of Livingroofs.org and the Green Roof Consultancy
Internationally recognised as the UK’s leading authority on biodiversity and green roofs, campaigning for their whole scale adoption in major developments in London and across the UK. In 2008, he co-authored the Living Roofs and Walls technical report to support the New London Plan, for which he was awarded the Andrew Lees Memorial Award. He co-founded Livingroofs.org in 2004, the UK's first independent green roof organisation. Dusty is internationally recognised for his work and is the President of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations.