Green spaces for Healthy Communities – Talk the Walk

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Date(s) - 03/11/2010
4:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Bromley Library


The theme for our meeting on Wednesday 3 November is “Green Spaces for Healthy Communities – benefits to physical and mental wellbeing“. This event is co-hosted the  London Borough of Bromley’s Parks and Greenspace Team who have received national acclaim for their innovative “Greening the Grey” initiative.

As this is an event to give as many people a chance to get to know others in the room, we limit the presentations to only a few minutes each.  Any participant that wants to address the whole room may do so – the more participants electing to do so the less time each of them has to speak!

Presentations to be made on the evening include:

Louisa Allen, Bromley Field Studies Centre – Thyme Out – improving life chances of residents with learning disabilities

Alex Collings, Growing Club  and Hedvig Murray, Get Growing – how Growing Club works, why it works and and how you can run one on your estate

Lorraine Courtenay, Bromley Borough Council – Greening the Grey

Phil Doyle, PLAYLINK – Do play spaces improve Health? Prove it!

Nicola Durrant, National Housing Federation – Neighbourhoods Green

Jane Fifield, Affinity Sutton – Greening the Grey: St Paul’s estate

Annette Hards, Kent Architecture Centre – Spaceshaper – bringing users (esp young people) and managers together to assess the quality of an existing space

Alister Hayes, Darwin Centre – Audiotrails for young people

Caroll Long, Bromley Borough Council – ‘Grow time’ and ‘Park Time’ Healthy lifestyle courses that have changed peoples lives.

Trevor Pybus, Phoenix Housing – Farmsteads Community gardeners take on the Lancelot Community garden

Jonathan Schifferes, new economics foundation – the social return on investment made by Marks & Spencer’s Plan A

Louise Simpson, Bromley Borough Council – London Borough of Bromley’s Park Friends

Andrew Stuck, Rethinking Cities – AMAZING LONDON: making London more playful

Download bullet point summaries of the presentations. Please note as CABE is a victim of the Government cuts, Helen Beck, who was to speak on ‘Community Green’ research: the value of green space in urban areas for people’s health and wellbeing.” will now not attend – she has updated pages on CABE’s website on this topic and you can read them here

Download the feedback from participants including their suggestion as to how best to communicate the value of green space. Download details of who participated.

Talk the Walk: Networking events for people promoting vibrant walkable neighbourhoods.

The format of a Talk the Walk event is fairly straightforward:

  • Meet up, and go on a walk
  • Mix and Mingle
  • Listen to a 3-5 minute presentation – up to 16 at any event – (let us know if you have something you want to talk about).
  • Ask questions – Share ideas – Create an action plan

Talk the Walk offers any participant the opportunity to speak to the whole group. The more speakers there are the less time each is given to speak.

Each Talk the Walk has a definite theme; themes have included: physical activity; emotional well-being and public space; animating public space; workplace health, retrofitting for walking; and children, play and independent mobility.

Bringing professionals from different fields together to promote walking is key to Talk the Walk, and in trying to achieve this and to keep costs to a minimum we have co-hosted Talk the Walks, with the Urban Design Group at the Arts Council, with Groundwork London, with Play England, with the London Borough of Bromley and with NHS Greenwich.  We are always keen to hear from other organisations that can offer us a venue that accommodates 40 people.

You can read about previous Talk the Walks on this wiki and find out what participants think about them.

Go to Get in Touch page to register your interest in a Talk the Walk or other Talkshops we offer form.