Cedars Park Arboretum Identification Project

Tarant identifying
a leaf

Tree Tag
Tarant Hobbs and Jake Gutteridge, a grandfather and grandson who are Friends of Cedars Park, voluntarily identified the tree species in Cedars Park. The project was proposed to the FOCP (supported by all members) in July 2019, commenced in August 2019 and completed in Autumn 2021 - later than expected as it was delayed by COVID-19 government restrictions. Jake was 15 years old at the start of the project, the youngest FOCP member at the time.

Given the fact that some outer parts of Cedars Park are forested, and that many visitors do not go in these areas, it would be a largely pointless exercise to identify these trees. Therefore, the park was split into 5 (originally 10) "arboretum zones", which are also used in the listing of memorial trees and benches. This arboretum contains over 600 trees.

Benefits of this project include:

This may be the only project of its kind that has been completed by just two people. Tarant and Jake are very confident in the accuracy of these identifications, as professional books, websites and advice has been used, including state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology approved by National Geographic. Several national bodies, including The Woodland Trust and Kew Arboretum, have praised the project, particularly the quality of the materials produced.

Each identified tree has a unique number, marked on a circular white tag. Some tags have become warped due to tree growth and weather, and are currently unreadable. It is planned to install new pre-printed dibond discs, which will be a long-term solution. All tags are fixed with galvanised nails that are safe to use on trees.

Tree data was originally published in 20p booklets via the park cafe, but it has since been transferred to this website for free access.

Project Progress

These videos were periodically recorded to document the different stages of the project.

1. 22 August 2019 - Early stages

2. 23 August 2019 - Half of zone A identified

3. 19 September 2019 - Zone A completed

4. 27 September 2019 - Talking about the project

5. 17 June 2020 - Continuing after 2 months on hold

6. 2 September 2021 - Arboretum identification finished