25th August 2020

24 Sep – FREE Platipus webinar on making ‘amazing urban green spaces’

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FREE webinar 11am Thursday 24 September 2020 – Book now

As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, the need for urban green spaces is ever-more important. How should you prepare for your next ‘amazing urban green space’ project?

In this webinar, led by Carl Reeders from Platipus Tree Anchors, you’ll get practical advice – through case studies and a useful checklist – on how to prepare for some of the most important aspects.

The Platipus team explains more about what to expect in this guest blog post.

With Covid-19 creating a ‘new normal’ of online interaction, Platipus is partnering with the Landscape Institute to present a webinar on one of our passions: urban green spaces. 

With urban areas continuing to grow globally, the need for us to utilise available green spaces is at an all-time high. The use of living walls, green roofs and tree canopies has become the established solution for maximising urban green spaces and enjoying the many benefits that they bring.

Platipus first became inspired by these solutions when we visited the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. You could clearly see the significant impact that living walls, green roofs and trees had on the environment. These elements are known to increase the oxygen levels and improve air quality in both interior and exterior environments. Studies have also shown that they can reduce nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter by between 40-60%. They provide good sound insulation due to foliage refraction and reflection.

Flourishing urban green spaces can absorb sun energy through a process known as evapotranspiration, keeping the areas cool. In fact, buildings with exterior living walls can be up to 20° cooler than their counterparts. The layer of thermal insulation also helps keep the building insulated during winter, reducing energy costs.

Living walls, green roofs and trees also provide biodiversity by becoming an extension of the natural environment for all species of butterflies, insects and bees.

If you are about to create or maximise an urban green space, there are a number of important factors to consider:

  • understanding the benefits of that green space
  • maximising the aesthetics, minimising the time /cost
  • keeping the space safe for the plants, trees and the people that use it.

In the webinar, we will cover best practises for securing trees in exposed locations and how tree anchoring systems can integrate with sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS).

We will also present our latest innovations for living walls and green roofs. All aspects of the presentation will be supported by relevant case studies and we will work through a useful checklist on how to prepare for your next ‘amazing urban green space’ project.

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