Project to map all of Weston’s trees launched

PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:33 29 May 2018

Ashcombe Park. Picture: Elsie Poynton

Ashcombe Park. Picture: Elsie Poynton

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Weston Civic Society is launching a new mapping campaign to identify the town’s trees.

Colourful Flowers in Grove Park. Picture: Mike SmithiesColourful Flowers in Grove Park. Picture: Mike Smithies

The civic society is dedicated to monitoring planning applications and the look of street scenes in Weston – including how trees enhance a road’s appearance.

It is aiming to map the locations and types of all Weston-super-Mare’s trees and also get young people involved in nature.

Civic society chairman David Agassiz said: “A lot of people are appreciative of trees, and we are rather sad there has been continuing felling of trees with little replacement.

“The civic society has offered £1,000 in the each of past few years to replace them.

“Trees are good for health and set a good general feeling, and leafy areas look rather better than leafless ones.

“We want to map trees on public land in parks and streets.”

A similar scheme, called Trees Of Bristol, has already been organised, mapping more than 68,000 trees in the city.

Civic society trustee Alan Rice, who has been involved in the project to map Weston’s trees, said: “The idea seems to be gaining momentum.

“We are always concerned about the loss of trees in Weston, so we see it as a way of protecting them and it is educational for children.”

The civic society is hoping to get young people involved and the project will not just show where trees in Weston are, but will identify the type of tree.

They will all be shown on a publicly-available map.

Dr Agassiz said: “A number of people have expressed an interest in helping with this.

“Some of them don’t know one tree from another, and that doesn’t matter.”

There are likely to be sessions where people can learn more about trees and how to record their findings.

Dr Agassiz said: “It may be people will volunteer to take on a street.

“Bristol did it in 18 months, and they have offered to help us.”

The project will be launched on June 5 in Clarence Park West, in Walliscote Road.

Dr Agassiz will attach tags to a dawn redwood tree, a beech, Japanese elm and blue atlas cedar.

People should meet at 11am at Oliver’s café.

To learn more and to get involved, you can search for Weston Trees on Facebook.

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