Urban tree survey

Help us survey the UK's trees

The survey has now closed, but you can still use our tree identification resources. 

Thank you to everyone who took part. 

Most of the trees growing in our towns and cities are found in private gardens and information on their distribution is very limited. With your help we are finding out what species are growing where in the UK.

The information you have collected will contribute to our understanding of the UK's trees and provide a baseline against which future changes can be measured, so it will be useful for generations to come.

  • Trees around a lake in a park
    Identify trees

    Identify your trees with the help of our interactive key, factsheets on the most common UK trees, and other guidance.

  • Some of the trees plotted so far on the urban tree survey results map
    Results and findings

    See the results so far and find out what they mean from our scientists.

  • Pupils in a park surveying trees
    Learning resources

    School pupils can take part in the urban tree survey with these curriculum-linked learning resources aimed at Key Stage 2 (ages 7–11)

Learn to identify trees

Find out about the survey and discover how to identify trees with the help of botanist and tree expert Dr Bob Press in this video.

Help with tree identification

If you have a question about trees, or want some help identifying a particular tree, the Museum experts and enthusiasts in our Tree ID forum could help you.

Latest discussions

  • Re: What tree is this please?

    Ate you able to take pictures of the tree and possibly a branch? This would help with identification...
    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:17:24

  • Re: Whitebeams?

    Sorry, that should say Sorbus.
    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:21:10

  • Re: Whitebeams?

    Hello Jude, Welcome to NaturePlus. Yes, I think these look like Whitebeams, Sobus aria, an...
    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:20:01

  • Whitebeams?

    There is a 30-yr old avenue of these trees to an old mill. They have been regularly pollarded over t...
    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:51:39

  • Re: What tree is this (Mortlake Cemetery)?

    Thanks for your answer I've looked it up and it seems you're right.
    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:01:29