Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) Centre

i-Tree Leeds: Campus Survey

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.

Why?

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.

How?

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).

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 on most weekdays in July, with a morning session (10 till 12) and an afternoon session (2 till 4). If you would like to sign up for some surveying sessions, then please fill in our Doodle poll (include your e-mail address) with the sessions you are able to do, you can do as few or as many as you like. If you would like more information please e-mail Dr Hannah Walker (h.m.walker@leeds.ac.uk).

These survey sessions are for students and staff of the University of Leeds but we will be organising a community surveying day for members of the public later in the summer – watch this space for details!

We hope to see lots of you out on campus!