9th March 2000




A conference to be staged at the Hull School of Architecture next Saturday (18th March) aims to encourage schools, businesses, churches and community groups to develop environmentally sustainable open spaces.


The NEWT (New Environments Working Together) conference at the Hull School of Architecture in George Street will bring together a range of organisations from Hull and the East Riding to promote environmental, social and economic sustainability.


The event will feature six workshops which will tackle subjects such as:


·         business involvement in environmental projects

·         the design and sustainability of school grounds

·         enhancing and developing church grounds and sacred land

·         community-led environmental projects

·         habitat planning and creation

·         developing parks as a local resource


“The purpose of the conference is to share experiences of environmental projects in order to promote economic, social and environmental sustainability,” said Bridget Hansford, a lecturer at the Hull School of Architecture.


“It will also provide information for people interested in developing sustainable landscapes in school playgrounds, church grounds and unused community spaces.”


The keynote speaker will be wildlife gardener, broadcaster, author and environmental campaigner Chris Baines, while the conference will be chaired by David Braithwaite, Head of Horticulture and Countryside Management at Bishop Burton College.


The NEWT conference will run from 9am until 4pm and has been organised by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and Kingston-upon-Hull City Council.


It is supported by East Riding Council, Arco Ltd, BP Amoco, Yorkshire Electricity, the Wildlife Trust, Hull CityVision Ltd and the City of Hull Environment Forum.


For further information call the helpline on 01482 612381.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)