Learn How to Identify Tree Species this National Tree Week

National Tree Week - Media
25 November 2022

If you’ve ever wondered which trees you’re surrounded by when you wander through your local parks, wonder no more!

To celebrate National Tree Week (26 November - 4 December 2022), we have launched a helpful brand-new guide that helps identify local tree species, and it’s completely free.

The Parks Trust maintains and develops the parks, woodlands and lakes of Milton Keynes and we are also tasked with helping local people understand the environment through educational activities for individuals, groups and schools. Our new Tree ID Guide aims to encourage everyone to learn how to identify trees and get out into the parks to find them.

The 20-page guide explains the vital role that trees play in supporting the health and well-being of the city’s residents and wildlife. It also features lots of beautiful illustrations, photography, facts, figures and inspiration for activities.

The guide is available to download digitally, however, a small stock of sustainably-printed guides are available upon request for use by local schools and community groups. To request copies, email: outdoorlearning@theparkstrust.com.

Our Outdoor Learning Manager, Sarah Griffiths, said:

“Our new Tree ID Guide is a fantastic way to learn all about the trees that live right across our green city. Today, the vital part that trees play in providing oxygen and storing CO2 is more recognised than ever. We hope our new guide inspires people to develop a deeper appreciation of the amazing trees in their local parks.”

We have a dedicated group of arboriculture, forestry, and horticulture experts that undertakes a rolling programme of landscaping across Milton Keynes, including thinning trees to remove weak, diseased or over-crowded specimens. This work plays an important part in increasing local biomass.

We also carry out a planting programme which involves planting around 40,000 new trees and shrubs every year. New planting for 2022 recently saw 500 new trees going in the ground at Middleton Wood Meadow, a project supported by The Parks Trust using trees sourced by Community Trees: MK and planted by local schools.

If you want to get involved in local tree planting, why not get involved in our Acorn Challenge or keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer opportunities to plant trees?

Let us know if you do make use of our Tree ID Guide on your next outdoor adventure by tagging @theparkstrust on social media and using the hashtag #MKTrees.

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