This summer we are conducting a survey of all the trees on the University of Leeds campus – and we need your help! This is part of the Leeds4Trees project and the Sustainability Service’s Living Lab programme.
Urban green spaces provide us with many services, such as climate mitigation through carbon storage, and benefits to our health through recreation and relaxation. These benefits are difficult to quantify and to compare to more easily monetised land uses. Our aim is to find out what the campus trees are worth, and to enable the University to take these benefits into account when developing the campus. The survey is part of the i-Tree Leeds project which will expand the work to the whole of Leeds city.
We will identify tree species, measure diameter and height, and record information about the ground cover and the health of the tree. We will input the data into software called i-Tree Eco to calculate the monetary value of the ecosystem services our trees provide (such as carbon storage, carbon sequestration, NO2 absorption) – see the results so far here.
How can you help?
Tree canopies cover about 14 % of the campus. That’s a lot of trees. So we are looking for team of volunteers to help us to complete the survey this summer. No experience or specialist knowledge is required.
We plan to have surveying sessions most Tuesdays during the summer, with a morning session (10 till 12) and an afternoon session (2 till 4). Sign up here to volunteer. If you would like more information please Contact Us.
These survey sessions are for students and staff of the University of Leeds but we will be organising community surveying days for members of the public later in the summer – check out our Events page for details!
We hope to see lots of you out on campus!