Urban tree selection guide "a significant step forward" for specifiers

The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) has made its Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers freely available online.

Image: TDAG / HW
Image: TDAG / HW

Written by Myerscough College senior arboriculture lecturer Dr Andy Hirons and Gothenburg Botanic Garden scientific curator Dr Henrik Sjöman, the digital guide is intended to help specifiers select more appropriate trees for a wide range of urban planting sites.

It brings together the latest evidence on how best to approach tree species selection to maximise the benefits for nearby communities, while creating a more sustainable urban forest for future generations.

With specific information on over 280 trees, the Tree Profiles section is illustrated with over 800 photographs. A Tree Selector tool also helps identify candidate trees by a range of criteria.

In his introduction to the guide, Kew Gardens head of Arboretum Tony Kirkham says: "Historically, too many  selection decisions have been made on the basis of simple aesthetics or on superficial, contradictory reference information.

"Using science to underpin guidance represents a significant step forward in the quality of information available to those specifying trees."

Tree Species Selection for Green Infrastructure: A Guide for Specifiers (44MB pdf) can be downloaded here.

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