Experts from property and environmental industries will come together this week for a conference on Building Nature In.

The Earth Trust is bringing together a panel including Mark Beard, high sheriff of Oxfordshire and chairman of Beard Construction, Matthew Battle, managing director of UK Property Forums, Jane Houghton from Natural England and Jayne Manley, Earth Trust chief executive, to debate the subject at the fully-booked event at the Earth Centre in Wittenham on Wednesday, May 18.

Expert audience members will include Bev Hindle, director of the Ox-Cam Arc, and Nigel Tipple, chief executive of OxLEP.

Representatives from local authorities, advisory bodies, planners, developers, investors, social enterprises, public, private and third sectors are expected to attend.

Jayne Manley, chief executive of the Earth Trust, said: “Building Nature In is about truly integrating nature and ecosystems with the built environment, enabling deep connection between people and nature in the places where they live, work and play.

“Earth Trust is positioned at the sharp edge of thinking through the challenges of creating and managing spaces that enable both people and nature to thrive in balance. Our award-winning Earth Lab building is a living demonstration of ways in which industry and developers can think and act differently as we tackle the challenges we face and strive to build sustainably – whether climate and carbon, nature based solutions  and biodiversity or health and access as well as engagement with nature.

“But we urgently need to scale up in order to embed ecosystem thinking and action and to strengthen the connection between people and nature.

“To achieve this and make real change happen, we need multiple skill sets and expertise across sectors that may not be used to working together – with people venturing beyond their usual natural habitats and ecosystems!  We are grateful to Natural England, DevComms, Nightingales Wealth Management and UK Property Forums for their support in helping us to hold this vital conversation.”

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