Why should we pay attention to urban trees?
It would be great if every urban tree had a label. When we are able to name a tree and know something about it, we care more about the tree and our environment. Spending time with nature also has so many benefits for our stress levels, health and wellbeing. We become much more aware of the seasons and in turn aware of how we are and what is going on with us.
Where do I start?
Take a look at these resources:
(Apologies for the London bias here! London is my home so I know much more about this city than others – do let me know friendly, easy to use resources I can add for identifying trees in other locations).
Use this app to identify local trees. It’s simple and friendly to use.
Londoners can use Treetalk to create their own local tree trail. Just type in your postcode and make a nearby route. I found it works best when you select two points to travel between.
This map from the mayor’s office will show you what trees are in your London neighbourhood. You can search for specific types of tree as well as seeing all the types in an area.
This brilliant book by Paul Wood is excellent for discovering more about city’s urban forest. My copy is well worn after travelling all over the city with me. The focus is of course on London but the tree information is relevant to any UK city.
What trees are in your neighbourhood?
Do take a wander and let me know what you find. Where is the street tree closest to your house? And what is that tree?
(By the way – the tree in this picture is a horse chestnut).
Anise is an experienced coach specialising in resilience and walking techniques. She can often be found wandering and working in London parks.