Tree Identification Project

Tarant Hobbs and Jake Gutteridge, a grandfather and grandson who are Friends of Cedars Park, voluntarily identified the tree species in Cedars Park. This large-scale 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.

The park was split into 5 (originally 10) "arboretum zones" to aid organisation during the project and the locating of trees following identification. This arboretum area contains over 600 trees. These zones are also used in the listing of memorial trees and benches.

Areas of heavy woodland were not included, as they were deemed impractical to identify and there was not a demand for identification within these areas.

A man looking at a book of trees, and writing on a piece of paper
A white disc with number C 196, nailed into a tree trunk

A tree tag

Tarant and Jake are very confident in the accuracy of these identifications, as professional books, websites and advice have been used, including state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology approved by National Geographic. Several national bodies, including the Woodland Trust and Kew Gardens, have praised the project, particularly the fact that it has been completed by just two people, as well as 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 booklets available from the park cafe at a cost of 20p to support printing costs, but it has since been transferred to this website for free access.

Main benefits

  • Tree work can be carried out more efficiently. Zoning allows external staff who are not familiar with the park to easily locate a particular tree.

  • If people wish to study trees, it makes it easy to find species that they are looking for.

  • Memorial trees and benches are easier to locate.

Project progress

These videos were periodically recorded to document different stages of the project. Each zone was identified separately, so that information could be provided to the public as early as possible.

22 August 2019
Early stages

23 August 2019
Half of Zone A identified

19 September 2019
Zone A identification completed

27 September 2019
Talking about the project

17 June 2020
Continuing after two months on hold due to coronavirus restrictions

2 September 2021
Arboretum identification completed