Tree officers help prepare smart tree trail for Cambridge park

Cambridge City Council is the latest to introduce an interactive tree trail to encourage people to discover more about trees.

Image: Mapbox / OpenStreetMap
Image: Mapbox / OpenStreetMap

Led by the council’s team of tree officers, the project covers Cherry Hinton Hall, a popular public park to the southeast of the city centre which includes a Grade II listed Victorian country house set in a public park which hosts the annual Cambridge Folk Festival.

The free-to-download trail for runs for about a mile and includes over 50 different trees throughout the park. Each tree has been labelled to make identification easier, while the information for each tree has been written by the tree officers themselves.

Intended to raise awareness of the role of urban trees and to encourage people to get out and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature, it is the first of several planned tree trails across the city.

The trail was developed by design and environmental consultancy Urban Green, working with Cambridge-based Still Vision Photography. Users are encouraged to submit and share their own tree photos and share them, while a dedicated Instagram account has also been created.

A council representative said: "Our ambition is to allow the public to more fully engage in whatever way – educational, recreational, social, emotional – with an asset that is theirs.

"It would be wonderful if they take that knowledge home with them and plant a tree themselves or encourage or lobby others to do so. It is part of our strategy to add resilience to the urban forest and combat the threats through continued renewal."

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