There has never been a more important or urgent time to collect data on urban trees. High-quality data will help harness the current wave of enthusiasm for tree planting, and to address the challenges to urban trees from pests, diseases, climate-change and development.
However, the resources to support urban trees have declined rapidly in the past decade so it’s even more important to ensure that tree survey data is standardised, enabling the sharing of tree data across the sector. As part of the COMMUNITREE project, project partners Forest Research, TreeWorks, Natural Apptitude and the Open University have recently produced a draft standard for individual tree data collection. The draft standard is now in the consultation phase and can be viewed here. Project partners would welcome feedback on the standard from anyone involved in tree surveying. You do not need to comment on every element of the standard, but comments must be received no later than 5pm on the 14th of February 2020. If you have any other questions regarding the standard then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.