Greenkeeper

Overview
Description: 

Greenkeeper is an online tool, developed to support investors and managers of urban greenspace. It uses big data and research, to model the environmental, economic and social value of green infrastructure, enabling the user to identify the complete value of a single green space or compare it with other similarly sized/local spaces. By collating these insights, it can also be used to build a whole portfolio or city-wide green infrastructure network value.

The model that sits behind Greenkeeper can also be used as part of a consultancy service, to help fully assess the impact an intervention may have on this value. By interpreting the outputs of the model, the tool can help make more informed investment and management decisions.

Input: 

Input data is provided internally by the tool

Output: 
Maps
Tables / statistics / reports
Economic assessment
Scale: 
Site scale
Local scale
Cost of the tool (and guidance): 
Fee (consultancy service)
Context: 
The online subscription tool only currently covers existing urban greenspaces, but the model in the background is being utilised to test proposed greenspaces in urban environments and new settlements.
Resource requirement (software): 
Access to the internet. Recent versions of Internet Browser, ideally Chrome or Firefox.
Level of technical expertise required: 
Internet use skills
Types of ecosystem service included: 
Regulating
Supporting
Cultural
Habitat type (UK NEA habitats): 
Semi-natural grasslands
Urban
How does it work?: 

To deliver a tool which can map and measure the value of urban greenspace across England, Scotland and Wales, the Greenkeeper team researched, interpreted and applied a number of national data sources and applied these as layers of information to an interactive base map. Greenkeeper processes all this data through a demand model, which is then able to estimate recreational visits to any urban greenspace in England, Wales and Scotland. It then uses the recreational visit numbers and applies a series of valuation methodologies, to estimate the benefit to individual visitors (physical health, mental wellbeing), local populations (local value) and global populations (carbon sequestration), translating this into monetary terms.

Where can I get it?: 

http://www.greenkeeperuk.co.uk/ provides further information and access to the subscription platform