3D mapping helps Walsall manage tree estate

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council is using a 3D map of its tree canopy cover from data supplier Bluesky's National Tree Map to support its urban forest strategy.

Image: HW
Image: HW

The data, which includes measurements of tree height as well as canopy cover, integrates with the West Midlands local authority's Ezytreev tree management software and enables analysis of tree population at ward level.

The council's arboricultural surveyor Jason Simpson said: "The Bluesky National Tree Map data will help us protect a valuable asset, supporting an integrated strategy which includes tree planting, planned maintenance, risk management and emergency response."

He added: "Having desktop access to such detailed information saves time and money as we can answer questions from other service areas, elected members and the public and make informed decisions without leaving the office."

Bluesky's National Tree Map has been created from high resolution aerial photography, colour infrared data and detailed height models, and details more than 280 million trees nationally.

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