GREENmap

This interactive map lets you explore nature on your doorstep across Ebbsfleet Garden City. Get involved by mapping a local tree, reporting a sighting of local wildlife, or find out how to help nature to flourish in your neighbourhood.

What is the Ebbsfleet GREENmap?

This interactive map lets you explore the habitats, trees, wildlife and water across Ebbsfleet Garden City all in one place. The map is a great way to get involved by mapping a local tree, reporting a sighting of local wildlife, or finding out how to help nature to flourish in your neighbourhood.  

Choose which of the four maps below suits your needs and start exploring!

Get involved
  • Habitat Heroes

    Explore the diverse and connected habitats being protected and learn about nature.

  • Tree Trackers

    Discover the beautiful trees on our streets, parks and other open spaces or upload details of new trees that have been planted.

  • Wildlife Watchers

    Reveal where the wildlife hotspots are and upload details of wildlife that you’ve seen.

  • Water Wardens

    Find the location and details of lakes and sustainable drainage systems and learn how they prevent flooding.

Looking after your community and planet

Caring for Trees

What are the benefits?

  • Provide shade and lower air temperatures. 
  • Absorb air pollution and release oxygen. 
  • Store carbon dioxide in their stems and leaves. 
  • Reduce flooding by intercepting rainfall.

Planting new trees

  • Planting is best done between October and April.
  • Follow this simple planting guide to ensure your tree gets off to a great start.

Water 

  • For the first few years, watering is the most important thing you can do for a tree. 
  • Water new trees regularly for at least a year or two, especially during dry spells. 
  • Carefully loosen the top 2-3 inches of soil to alleviate compaction and help water and air reach the roots. 
  • Don’t dig any deeper or use large tools. These will damage the tree roots. 
  • Water slowly so that the water penetrates the soil and does not run off of the surface. 
  • Water at the soil level, not through the leaves of shrubs and groundcovers. 

Weeds and Waste 

  • If weeds are left untended, they will ultimately kill some plants and stress others. 
  • Weeds and waste should be removed as frequently as possible. 

Mulch 

  • Covering bare soil with a thick layer of organic matter such as compost really benefits soil and suppresses weeds. 
  • Mulching is best done annually in late winter or early spring, before weed seeds start to germinate and while the soil is sufficiently damp.   
  • Regular mulching with organic matter improves drainage and boosts moisture retention and helps prevent the soil from becoming extremely dry. 
  • Before adding mulch, it’s important to aerate the soil by breaking up the compacted soil to allow more oxygen to get down to the roots. 

Caring for Water

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) 

  • The SuDS process can be described in three simple steps: Slow, Store and Filter.  
  • SuDS have positive environmental benefits, they improve the quality of the water, increase biodiversity and provide habitats for wildlife. 
  • SuDS are designed to manage rainwater in a development to help reduce flooding – but only if they are kept clear and in good condition.  
  • SuDS have a regular maintenance programme in place, but all of us can help by keeping them clear of litter and debris to reduce blockages and minimise pollution.  
  • Regular maintenance programmes comprise litter removal, grass cutting and vegetation management, inspection and clearing of flow control structures (inlets and outlets) and occasional silt removal. 
  • A key aspect of reactive maintenance is knowing where problems are and who is responsible.  
  • Remember to use the Green Map to report a problem with a sustainable drainage system. 

How do SuDs connect together? 

SuDs can include a number of connected components. For example, swales capture and treat runoff close to where it lands and can be connected to a pond or detention basin before finally being discharged to the water environment. There are several different managing agents that currently look after the maintenance of the SuDs. An overview of companies across Ebbsfleet can be found here. 

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