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Discover Plymouth’s trees and help us care for them

You can now find out everything there is to know about the trees we’ve recently planted in the city thanks to a new Google maps page.

The page contains the locations of all the 60-plus trees we’ve planted in the city in the last year.

Clicking on an icon of each tree reveals further information about the tree including:

  • Its Latin name
  • How high it can grow
  • Features of the tree – such as what wildlife it attracts

You can find the handy tool here.

We’re also using this as an opportunity to ask residents to help care for our trees.

To make it easier for tree lovers, each tree will have a sustainable tag on it explaining how to nurture it.

Species we’ve planted include Lime, Beech, Oak, Hawthorn, Birch, Poplar, Apple and Sweet Chestnut.

Our Arboriculturalist Joe Berryman and team explain why trees are so important to a city like Plymouth and how you can get involved in their upkeep:

Trees are massively beneficial to those of us living in cities. Apart from adding beauty and hiding the concrete and tarmac that surround us, they are beneficial to our health and wellbeing and make living within cities a more pleasant experience.

These include providing shade in summertime, reducing the effect of the wind in winter, decreasing erosion and flooding, mitigating pollution, giving food and shelter to wildlife, and reducing psychological stress – something which is increasing for city dwellers.

As some trees eventually have to be taken down due to ill health, it’s important that we plant new ones and have a continuity of mature trees. As a partner in Plymouth’s Plan for Trees PCH is helping to plant and nurture new trees on our land across the city.

In the past year over 1,000 trees have been planted and there are more to be planted in the coming years. Around 60 of these are on our land and so we are helping to look after them.

Of course, all these trees need care for a number of years after planting to help grow into strong specimens, which means regular watering is needed in dry periods. With so many trees it can be a daunting task for the three tree team members so we are asking for help.

It takes a number of years for a tree to be fully independent. After care involves watering and adjusting the sticks and ties that support them. We put mulch or woodchip around the base and that needs to be turned over. You can even use dish water or bath water to water the trees.

If people feel involved and know where the trees are, they can take some ownership. We’d like people to become guardians of the trees. From emptying a water bottle as you pass by to setting up a community watering group or becoming a tree warden – we’d love your help!

While out and about on the sites we look after, carrying out tree works and surveying, we see areas that are looking bare of tree cover, and consider what species of tree might work here.

We consider things like the site’s light, soil and wind conditions, what other species grow in the area, and the space available to plant trees. This information helps us in our planning.

We’d also like to hear your feedback – what trees would you like to see and where?”

If you can lend a hand in any way, email EnvironmentalServices@plymouthcommunityhomes.co.uk, or call 0808 230 6500.