More than 500 town trees have been recorded in the town street survey – the first of its kind in Jersey!
Jersey Trees for Life volunteers have counted between 500-700 trees on public streets within the ring road of St Helier and St Saviour over the past three months.
Weekly recordings using the Collector App have detailed 26 pieces of information for each tree including species, age, live height, crown height and diameter. Four photos have also been taken for each.
Jersey Trees for Life Volunteer Co-ordinator Robin Hart said: “We’ve all been really surprised at just how many trees there are in the town area which is roughly 2.65 sq. km. The more you look, the more you see and there are some amazing species tucked away in corners of St Helier that most people won’t have even noticed.
“Most trees are between 5 and 40 years old and in the Parade alone, there are 180 in total. And we have some really beautiful specimens such as the Norwegian Maple that’s located by the hospital and the awe-inspiring London Plane by the town church which is vast at 23m high and with a 1.3m diameter. It’s been fascinating and a real honour for us all to have been involved in this survey, collecting really valuable information for the island.”
The charity’s urban tree survey is the first of its kind in Jersey. Its hoped future phases will look to count and record trees on the edge of St Helier, other urban locations and the island’s important landscape areas and vistas.
Information gathered on the condition and density of the current tree population will then be used as a foundation for future care and planning of the island’s tree population giving guidance for decisions about protecting important trees and regarding those that may need remedial work or replacing, as well as informing work to help monitor pests and diseases.
The survey will also provide;
* A definitive & detailed assessment of the extent of the tree cover within the ring road (urban St Helier & St Saviour).
* A basis to informed decisions about the protection of important trees within that area.
* A benchmark against which to monitor & assess change in urban tree cover.
*Identifying the potential for new tree planting opportunities.
* Finding certain species in the event of the emergence of pest & diseases e.g. Ash Dieback.
* Trends in planting genus & species for future planning & monitoring pests & diseases.
* Historical data like planting dates, reasons (ceremonial trees with plaques).
* Images of the trees & any associated problems (pavements lifting, dead wood, die back etc. etc.)
* Potential tree surgery & remedial work.
* Assessing where old trees may need replacing in the near or medium term.
* Flagging up & identification of rare trees on public but more likely private land.
* Opportunity for staff / students / volunteers to learn the basis of survey work & tree identification.
* Each tree/ planting site will be have a unique record so trees can be identified & found in the future.
* Other jurisdictions have given street trees an email address which people can use to report problems, add comments & send communication abut or to it.
If anyone has any queries or wishes to take part as a volunteer for the next phase of the survey please get in touch via our email http://jerseytreesforlife.org/contact/ or simply ring our office on 857611.