The days are lengthening and buds on the trees are starting to burst, as you can see in these pictures taken on the UWE campus this week. This is the perfect time of year to get outside and look at trees in your local park, garden or woodland. Why not have a go at measuring a tree.
We would like people living in the River Frome Catchment, Upper Don Catchment and Eden Catchment to help us understand the impact of drought and climate change on trees in their local area.
The tree measuring can take place at any time and for each tree we need to know: the location of the trees, the date sampled, tree species, trunk circumference, height, crown spread and crown depth. We would also like to know additional information such as the flowering time. Volunteers can download our Tree Studies Handbook for guidance and our Survey Form.
Send us your results
Submit your results online by filling in the online submission form by clicking here. If you have any problems Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0117 32 87350.
Trees deliver many ecological and social benefits in urban and rural environments. Trees moderate the climate, conserve energy, carbon dioxide and water, improve the air quality, control flooding and noise levels, and provide habitats for wildlife. Trees enhance living, recreational and working environments for people and improve individual and community wellbeing. These are often referred to as ecosystem services.
We will use the measurements to estimate the ecosystem service benefits of those trees, and how they might be affected by drought. The measurements will also provide baseline data that could be used in future studies.