Hounslow leads way with new urban forest technology mapping

Have you ever wondered how old a tree is? Or perhaps you’ve wanted to check-up on a species while out for a walk?

Published: Friday, 9th July 2021

Image of street trees in Chiswick, W4

Now for the first time ever - Hounslow’s trees will be mapped online for residents to explore in a new interactive website.

Greentalk will help residents connect with and explore the borough’s vast range of trees across parks and open spaces.

The borough has more than 350 tree species and over 120,000 trees that are owned and managed by the Council – and that number is always growing.

Hounslow Council plants a tree for every child born and last year alone 4,500 new trees were planted.

The new Greentalk interactive website – the first Council website of its kind - will provide residents with unique in-depth details about their trees including species, age, height, how rare or common the tree is, and who is responsible for pruning, watering and general maintenance.

And if residents take a shine to one tree in particular there is even the opportunity to adopt it, after all, our trees play an enormous role in keeping our planet healthy by helping to reverse the effects of climate change.

Commenting on the launch of Hounslow Greentalk, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services said:

“We are delighted to be working with Hounslow Greentalk on this fantastic initiative for Hounslow residents.

“It’s a great opportunity to explore our beautiful parks and green spaces and find out more about the trees that line our streets.

“We hope that residents will enjoy using the Greentalk platform and will help us to spread the word about the exciting walking routes on offer, whether walking, running, or cycling.

“The ‘adopt a tree’ feature will also be a fantastic way for residents to support the Council to ensure new trees across the borough flourish and grow into carbon capturing giants, which is particularly important in the warmer months of the year when they need watering more often.”

Councillor Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies, added:

“At Hounslow Council we take climate change very seriously and we are immensely proud to be the first Council in the country to map our urban forest and make it available to residents. The value of trees and the importance of the environment should never be underestimated.

“As the biggest plants on the planet, trees give us the gift of oxygen, store carbon and give life to wildlife and make our borough a fantastic place to live and work.”

The Council and Greentalk have partnered with three local neighbourhood community groups: Abundance London, Feltham in Bloom and Heston Action Group who will all be posting details of local initiatives so communities can get involved with environmental and climate change action and there is now the opportunity for more groups to also sign up and utilise the website to post their events.

The interactive map allows residents to explore the greenest nature walks nearby or create a route from any starting point. The website will soon feature opportunities for residents to leave comments or ‘likes’ and send feedback to the council.

Commenting on the partnership with Hounslow Council, Steve Pocock, Director of Greentalk Limited and a Hounslow resident himself, said: “It’s great that Hounslow Council is serious about addressing the climate emergency threat.

“Hounslow Greentalk illustrates the council’s commitment to both engaging people with their environment and supporting communities to collaborate on environmental improvements.”

To visit Hounslow Greentalk and to get involved  visit: https://hounslow.greentalk.io/

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