A range of flexible offerings which can be tailored to your needs.
Greentalk helps you Inspire, Inform and then Activate.
Greentalk’s vision is to help everyone to become more aware of their local landscape, to get them outside, and then support them to improve their own environment.
It has been shown that if citizens are able to appreciate what’s around them then they will go on to value & improve their own, and the wider environment.
Greentalk enriches people’s experience of their local landscape, leading to actions that positively & directly impact their environment.
Greentalk supports the already enthusiastic, and inspires others to join in.
Involve the Community in the Care of your Urban Forest
At the heart of Greentalk is the mapping of the urban landscape, connecting day to day lives with the green and blue infrastructure that fills our cities, often unnoticed and ignored.
As awareness of the impact of climate change grows and councils promote their Climate Action Plans, more people are starting to become aware of the value of trees in their local environment: For tackling issues of pollution, heat, local flooding, supporting wildlife and providing a connection with nature. People want to get involved – to see changes in their street and community.
Using existing landscape and tree management data, Greentalk opens up the landscape and provides the means to engage the huge potential of your residents.
Greentalk believe it is not just about planting but about celebrating existing trees and helping them to thrive.
- Explore and Identify – Tree mapping helps people see the extent and diversity of the local landscape, revealing details which they’d previously just walk past.
- Discover – Greentalk’s Species Directory is full of beautiful photos, facts and fascinating descriptions which help bring another dimension to urban trees. You can explain your tree management strategies and address challenging issues such as leaf fall, tree pruning and removal in a positive environment, as well as explaining the benefits of older larger trees.
- Liking and Favouriting gets people taking an active role in noticing the best and most interesting trees in the landscape. Over time, these features add a rich social dimension too letting people see others are interacting with the landscape, which can inspire them.
- Gather lets citizens gather and augment existing operational data with more detail, more interesting angles and viewpoints while Issue Reporting lets you connect directly from a tree to your issue reporting and management tools
- Adopting and Watering Alerts for newly planted trees provides “eyes on the ground” and improves the survival rate of newly planted trees, as well as engaging the population in the challenge of finding new places to plant trees.
- Sharing and Caring allows people to share the great things around their environment, and also to let the ones managing trees, if there are any care issues about trees.
Community Place Making for Climate Action
With Greentalk, local authorities can place consultation and co-design at the heart of their Climate Action Plan response.
Greentalk celebrates and promotes local areas and spaces, highlights the positive actions being taken locally, and encourages local journeys on foot and two wheels.
Greentalk can become your Environment Engagement Hub providing a one stop shop allowing you to place and locate your programmes within the local landscape. Letting people understand that the programmes you are running has a direct and local impact on them.
Tree planting projects or wildflower garden projects can be placed into Collections allowing the relationship between local interventions to be made very clear.
- Explore – Environmental action mapping helps people find projects and events on their doorstep or around the corner. Things they may never have noticed otherwise.
- Discover & Learn – Local events and projects can be connected back to core programmes and strategies using Collections. Schools can get involved by exploring and engaging with areas around the school, and even adopt local trees.
- Promote community – Support, strengthen and promote local community groups by helping recruitment celebrating their work and providing a place to share their local knowledge of parks and streets. You can even define the neighbourhoods in which they have interest, and highlight green infrastructure which they are caring for.
- Ask For It – Give residents a menu of opportunities and allow them to ask for and vote for those in their community. These could be environmental interventions such as collating forgotten greenspaces and tree planting locations, or streetscape changes such as playstreets or parklets.
- Adopt – Recruit residents to adopt and take on the care of small, local and sometimes previously ignored green spaces. Support applications, permissions and follow-ups. Develop and grow a register of sites for community gardens.
Grow your Urban Forest
Climate Action Plans often include goals for planting new trees, but the need for aftercare is often less prominent.
Greentalk believes that supporting newly planted trees, as well as caring for older trees is just as critical as planting new trees.
30-40% newly planted trees are estimated to die within the first 3 years of being planted. There is an opportunity to reduce this figure to 5% if trees are adopted and cared for by someone local. Greentalk’s Adoption, Watering Alerts and Issue Reporting features can all be used to support trees in their first years after planting.
Understanding the location of green space and the density of tree canopy cover lets you target policies to address environmental equality.
Greentalk provides the perfect platform for introducing schemes which encourage people to help grow your urban forest.
- Giveaway – Greentalk’s community ordering features let you setup campaigns to distribute trees for community planting in targeted areas beyond your direct control. Offering full tracking, mapping and follow up, with personalised care guides combined with sophisticated technology for ensuring privacy is maintained throughout.
- Sponsor – Coming soon, use Greentalk to setup a range of different sponsorship programmes including the ability for residents to sponsor individual trees, and contribute to micropayment funds.
- Ask for it – Your residents know their local area best and will have plenty of ideas on where trees may be planted. Use Ask For It to set up programmes where residents can suggest and even survey the suitability of tree planting locations.
- Map deficiency and biodiversity – Existing data loaded into Greentalk can be used to analyse your green infrastructure. Combine with canopy data to address areas beyond your direct control. Identify areas of deficiency in canopy cover and areas with low biodiversity of Family:Genus:Species. Share all this with the public to explain your planting and green space programmes and how and why they are targeted.
- Gather to improve your understanding – Operational data on your tree stock may be limited and Greentalk can be used to augment this by getting the community involved to find and highlight significant trees, gather size and other useful information.
Help Citizens Understand the Urban Forest & its Value
Trees grow slowly and people assume they are static, unchanging. Greentalk can help the growth and change in the landscape, sharing individual tree timelines and even crowdsourcing photos as the trees grow.
Greentalk’s unique ecoScore is an evolving mechanism for exploring and explaining in simple ways the value of individual trees, and the contribution of their Regulating and Supporting Ecosystem Services to the Natural Capital of your local environment.
Celebrating trees, explaining their benefits and how your tree management strategy relates to those benefits can create positive stories about the difficult decisions made every day managing the tree stock.
- Maps – Greentalk’s map lets residents explore looking at their local area through a new lens, whether that be biodiversity, canopy cover, ecosystem services or age and resilience of the tree stock. It helps people see every tree as an individual.
- Collections and Featured Places can be used to highlight specific stories within the landscape, highlighting relationships or programmes across the landscape or telling stories of fascinating individuals
- Walks – Greentalk’s unique green walks generators can be used to create walks which visit these individuals and collections and provide a fun and different way to explore the local landscape. Walks take the resident to local highlights and explain the relevance and value of the trees and green infrastructure.
- Ecofacts and Ecobenefits – Explain the urban forest with details of every tree ranging from the basic stats of age and size, through to the associated ecoservices benefits of carbon sequestration, carbon storage, pollutant removal and stormwater interception. Nature support services including insects being supported.
- Ecoscore – Greentalk’s innovative ecoScore brings together all the benefits in a simple to understand mechanism for comparing the relative contribution of individual trees within the environment. This information can be used to help residents understand the importance of an individual tree and the manner in which it is being maintained.
Promote Health, Wellbeing, Active Travel & Nature Connection
Greentalk supports Streetscape and Healthy Streets interventions improvements promoting active and sustainable travel modes.
Greentalk celebrates and explains the value of the green spaces and green infrastructure that surrounds us. Connecting to nature improves mental health & wellbeing. In 2021 the Mental Health Foundation, UK, found that 73% of UK adults surveyed said connecting with nature has been important in terms of managing their mental health during the pandemic, and that
70% of UK adults agreed that being close to nature improves their mood.
It has also been shown that Nature Connectedness leads onto engaging households in wider positive behaviours (Miles Richardson, Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness, Derby University)
The “15-minute city” model aims to promote accessibility to essential urban services, making them less than a 15-minute walk away. This would make cities more sustainable and convenient, improving the mobility and wellbeing of residents.
- Active Travel – Greentalk encourages people to get out and explore their local landscape on foot, scooter or cycle with its map providing a view of their landscape which can be focussed onto walking and cycling, highlighting greenspaces and green corridors.
- Green and Clean Air Routes – Greentalk’s unique green walks generators can be used to create walks which provide alternative walking routes along quieter, greener, cleaner roads and to and through greenspaces.
- Ask For It – Give residents a menu of opportunities and allow them to ask for and vote for those in their community. These could be streetscape interventions such as playstreets, parklets, or asking residents to highlight accessibility challenges.
- Promote the landscape and tell stories – Greentalk’s Collections, Stories and Featured POIs can be used to highlight the local results of wider programmes. Local events and projects which someone may have passed in their street can be connected back to core programmes and strategies.
- Nature Connection – Greentalk’s Species Directory is full of beautiful photos, facts and fascinating descriptions which help bring another dimension to the urban tree. On an abstract level Greentalk’s maps and walks enable awareness of the sheer volume and diversity of nature in the urban environment, while on more practical level they provide a guide to the area, highlighting an overlooked green space great for a lunch break.
We love hearing about ideas for how Greentalk can be used to help engage more people and to improve our local environment!
If you have any other ideas then please do get in touch with us. We would be very happy to explore with you.
Each of the solutions described depend on different Plans and Modules