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3rd April 2012
‘Trees in Towns – Friend or Foe?’ is the title of the next talk for Ripon Civic Society, on Thursday 12 April, when the speaker will be Alan Simson [correct], Reader in Urban Forestry and Landscape Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Alan Simson has wide experience of how trees fit into the urban landscape. Among his roles are joint-coordinator of the European Forum on Urban Forestry; Chair of the White Rose Forest, a Leeds City Region urban forestry initiative; a member of the Quality Places and Spaces Sub-Committee of the Leeds Property Forum; and a member Leeds Sustainable Development Group. He has been particularly associated with trees in the UK’s New Towns.

He will speak about the role of trees in towns and cities, how they can enhance the environment, and how any potential problems can be overcome.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The Civic Society has been working closely with Harrogate Borough Council over the last year to increase the number of trees in Ripon, and more than 40 have already been planted as a result of our initiative. Alan Simson’s talk will set our work in context and, I’m sure, spur us on to even greater efforts!.’

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall in Victoria Grove, Ripon, and starts at 7.30pm. Non-members pay £3.00 for the evening.

The May talk will take place on Thursday 3 May, when Craig McHugh will talk on ‘World Heritage Sites, including Saltaire’; the Civic Society is visiting Saltaire in early July.

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