Experts to consider policy for green areas.
Byline: Sophie Blakemore Health and Science Reporter
The importance of green open spaces in cities will be the topic of an international conference being held in Birmingham this week.
Delegates from 19 countries will gather for the debate on the future of city parks at the National Indoor Arena.
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The Urban Green Environment research project (URGE) is being led by Birmingham City Council's parks and nature conservation division and the University of Central England.
Andrew Kerr, director of leisure and culture at the council, said the conference would add kudos to the city's Eastside plans.
'It is fitting that Birmingham should be hosting this international conference as further developments of the URGE project, in partnership with other European cities, is one of the elements of Birmingham's bid to become European Capital of Culture 2008.
'The proposed new Eastside park Eastside Park is a residential neighborhood in the Eastside of Paterson, New Jersey east of downtown. Once the home of the city's industrial and political leaders, the neighborhood experienced a significant downturn as industry fled Paterson. will be the first major city centre park to be created in over a century, this is set to benefit directly from this project.
'By sharing ideas across the EU at a critical time for the planning of Eastside, we intend the new park to become a flagship for the best practices in urban landscape design,' he said.
Each country at the conference, which runs from Friday until Sunday, has had to identify two urban parks as examples of best practice.
Birmingham has chosen Burbury Park in Newtown and New Hall Valley Country Park New Hall Valley Country Park is a country park located in New Hall Valley between Walmley and Wylde Green in the Sutton Coldfield area to the north of Birmingham. It is the first new country park in the UK for over a decade. The park is split into "phases". , Walmley as its case study sites.