Helene Gallis is the founder of Nabolagshager and an award-winning entrepreneur, environmentalist, and placemaker. Her work focuses on developing green public spaces that engage diverse stakeholder interaction while increasing urban biodiversity and creating green jobs. She has experience from a wide field, including sustainable production and consumption, policy development, entrepreneurship, and strategic communication. Helene is the author of “Dyrk byen!”, Norway’s first book on urban gardening. She is also a member of the Placemaking Leadership Council.
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Helene presented plant swaps as a cheap and easy way to engage a community. Pointing out the mental health benefits of plants and the idea of sharing, exchanging and the value of gathering a local community she emphasised the value of plant swaps as a pandemic and winterproof placemaking tool. Organizing a plant swap allows people to get more diverse plants for their homes without spending any money. Hosting a Q&A session with garden experts also allows garden experts and those looking for answers to exchange, learn and share knowledge.