We’ve been very pleased by the positive feedback we’ve received so far, and have a lot of improvements to the platform planned as a result. Watch this space for updates and enhancements!
What is TreeTalk?
TreeTalk has been developed using tree data from the Greater London Authority (GLA) to give residents of London the opportunity to get out of the house, use their feet and find interesting and green streets whilst learning about trees.
What makes TreeTalk unique is that you can find new walking routes, learn about the trees on your local roads, and our newly launched app can even speak to you and tell you about the trees as you are walking by them!
We’ve learned that by providing a reason to get out, we can bring about wider positive change. In this case, using your feet to learn about trees, educate yourself and your neighbours, is just the first step.
Our newly developed Android app (supported by the treetalk.co.uk website) is simple to use. By using your location, the app will create a circular walk from your home, or any other address, and will take you past interesting trees in your local neighbourhood. Maybe you could use it to guide you from your office on a lunchtime stroll, or explore a part of London with which you are less familiar.
You can learn about trees such as the rare Nettle Tree (which despite its name doesn’t sting!). Its jagged leaves and green berries will be seen much more in the future as it has shown it can handle anything that the city and climate change can throw at it. Then there is the Strawberry Tree with its simultaneous flowers and fruit in the autumn. And yes, its fruit does look like strawberries! Maybe with TreeTalk you will discover your own ‘rare’ street tree walking your local roads?
Street Tree Stalkers: Paul Wood leading a group looking at recent street tree planting in Hackney
– Give members of the community an opportunity to experience the joys of discovery of a local tree walk with our tree guru Paul Wood;
– Get you to help us explore and understand the streets and help refine how to get more people out walking and exploring;
– To design and link up hand-crafted walks in the area and promote them to encourage usage;
– To make our routes even greener and more fascinating;
– To promote and show gains in health, e.g. steps taken daily; by integrating a step counter;
– And to build the depth of tree library, e.g. imagery & content;
You can help us explore these topics and help share your passion for walking with others.
All the above points are ambitious, but we are dedicated to making change and we see these as the first steps towards that.
TreeTalk will be taking part in this Festival of Trees from 16-24 May 2020, celebrating trees in London and beyond.
The whole world may be in lockdown but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy and appreciate the value of trees, woodland and nature in our urban lives and with your help we will help people fall in love with their urban trees.