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Week 1: Watch this Green Space

Matt Carney

Welcome to the first week of this project! Great job on taking part and showing an interest in the development of green spaces!

This week you will:

  • Be introduced to the project and your team
  • Share your expertise and motivation for taking part in this project
  • Plan your next steps and research!

Once with your team work through the following steps.

1. In your team discuss the starting prompts from Getting Started Section . They are included below for reference. You should spend about 15 minutes on this.

Discuss the questions below with your team, the notes you made prior to this session may help here!

  • What motivated you to join this project?
  • How can you use your degree specific skills and knowledge to benefit green spaces? – Think creatively!
  • When was the last time you visited a green space? Who was using it? How were they using it? How could it be improved? Did you see any interesting plants or animals within the space?
  • What do you think the benefits of green spaces are?
  • What would would you put in your ideal green space?

2. Reflect on this discussion as a group. You should spend about 15 minutes on this.

Reflect on your discussion around your team’s skills and motivations

  • As a group think about and discuss whether you noticed any common themes in what you each bring to the project?
  • Do you share skills or do your expertise complement each other?
  • Are there particular areas of the brief you share an interest in?
  • How might the above points start to shape your ideas for the project

3. Plan your research. Based on the discussions above you should now have a few ideas of themes you might like to explore further. Don’t worry if these seem a little broad or vague at this stage you can narrow things down next week! You should use these themes to outline research you should conduct before the next session.

Research your initial themes and ideas

You should explore the themes and concepts you have discussed as a team. Things to consider might be what knowledge do you need to really understand these concepts? Where can you find this?


You should now have met as a group and completed the tasks for this week.

This is the time (the first session) that you should also decide on a workspace to share your work. You could use an online sharing platform like SharePoint (which we recommend as it is compatible with Teams) or Google Docs. Or, if you are able to meet in person, you can book one of the Library Workspaces in the All Saints Building.

What’s next?

Before Week 2 You Should…

  • Continue researching the project with a particular focus on the common themes you have identified within your group. It may help to find relevant case studies or existing initiatives that are similar to your early ideas. You can use the resources in the next sprint to help you get started.
  • Start to sketch out some very early ideas. These don’t have to be fully scoped out at this stage only jumping off points to spark discussion in next week’s meeting! Make a note of these early ideas and make sure to bring them to the week 2 session.
  • Keep in touch with your team, throughout the week share any interesting bits of research or ideas you might have. You can use whatever platform you like for this, although you are provided with a group Teams channel and SharePoint. Arrange meeting?