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: Tree Identification - broadleaf evergreen

    There are similarities to Griselinia littoralis (but the fruit thereof are in small clusters, and yo...
    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:47:12

  • Re: Big tree ID!

    There are other alternatives, eg. Carpinus and Zelkova, but the green twig is throwing me...
    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:28:12

  • Re: Big tree ID!

    Think you've got it there Steve.  It was the leaf shape that was throwing me. The leaves s...
    Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:19:17

  • Re: Big tree ID!

    Hi I think this is a Beech tree  young tree leaves are difficult to identify with certaint...
    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:34:50

  • Re: Big tree ID!

    Hi Amanda Attached is a slightly better picture of some leftover leaf remnants. We had a p...
    Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:05:18