APSE Southern Region is pleased to announce the programme for this year’s Parks & Open Spaces Seminar, taking place within the green and leafy surrounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton St. Anne’s Manor Hotel in Wokingham.
Whilst sustainability and the climate crisis remains a priority for local authority service planning, this year’s seminar will open with an analysis of the continued financial viability of Parks Services. Hot off the back of this year’s APSE Service Awards, award winners Plymouth City Council will deliver a presentation on their Habitat Bank, and how they have raised investments and delivered Biodiversity Net Gain management plans.
Session 2 will focus on Bees, with Bath & North East Somerset Council delivering a presentation on how they are getting their region buzzing through improving habits for pollinators, followed by London Borough of Redbridge discussing the benefits of making Redbridge pollinator-friendly.
Kicking off Session 3 – Trees, we have a presentation on Berkshire’s Local Nature Recovery Strategy, and the CEO of Trees for Streets talking us through their exciting and innovative “National Street Tree Sponsorship Scheme” and the enormous benefit of street greening.
Session 4’s focus on communities will round off the day with Nature Nurture CIC talking about how they are working to bring urban communities and nature together and how open spaces can be managed and maintained with Community involvement and empowerment, and partnership-working.
With the combined benefit of expert input and lessons learned from entrepreneurial sector trailblazers and local authority experts, we look forward to welcoming you to The DoubleTree by Hilton St. Anne’s Manor, Wokingham to explore with likeminded colleagues the sustained future provision of public parks and green spaces.
Community involvement and empowerment, and partnership- working with Management
Speaker: Dave Morris, Chair of the London Friends of Green Spaces Network and of the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces