Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arboricultural Association.

Share this story


#ARBatwork #ArbMatters #PledgeLessPlastic & 12 Faces of Arb 1987 storm 2 Rope 2018 30 Under 30 3ATC 3ATC UK Open 50th annual AA AA award AA Awards Aboricultural Association Accident accreditation advice AFL aftercare AGM Agrilus Biguttatus aid air quality Alert Alex Kirkley All Party Parliamentary Group on Horticulture amenity Amenity Conference Anatomy Ancient Tree Forum Annual Awards APF APF 2020 app APPGHG application Appointment apprentice apprenticeship Apprenticeships Approved Approved Contractor Approved Contractors ARB ARB Approved Contractor ARB Approved Contractors ARB at work ARB Magazine ARB Show arb training ArbAC ARBatwork ArbCamp Arbor Day Arboricultural Association Arboricultural Student Arboriculture arborists Arbsafe Ash Ash Archive ash dieback Asian Hornet Assessments atf ATO Australia Autumn Review award Awards Barcham Trees Bark Beetle Bartlett Bartlett Tree Experts bats beetle beyond ism Bill Matthews biochar biodiversity biomechanical biosecurity Book Prize Book Shop Books Bookshop boundaries branch Branches brand Brexit bs5837 Budgeting Tool bursary business Call for Abrstacts Call for papers Campout Canker stain of plane carbon career careers Cavanagh CCS Cellular Confinement Cellular Confinement Systems CEnv CEO Ceratocystis Ceratocystis platani chainsaw chalara charity Charles charter Charter for Trees Chartered Environmentalist chelsea Chelsea Flower Show Claus Mattheck climate climate change climber climbing Cofor Colleges committees competition competiton conference Confor conifers conservation Consultant consultation Continuous Professional Development Contractor Contractors Cornwall Cornwall Branch Coronavirus Coroner Council Countryside Countryside Code Countryside Stewardship Course for beginners COVID-19 CPD cross industry news Crown & Canopy Cryphonectria parasitica Cumbria DART Date for your diary deadwood death debate Debt defra Design Devon Director disease diversity document donate dothistroma downloads draft Dutch elm EAC East Anglia ecology Economic Report economy Ecotricity education EFUF Election elections Electricity Elm yellows Emerald Ash Borer England England Tree Action Plan England Tree Strategy English Elm environment environmental EPF equipment Europe European Arboricultural Council European Forum on Urban Forestry European Wood Pastures Event exeter Exhibitors Fall from Height Fatal Fatality felling Fellow Fellow Members Fera Field Trip Finance Fine firewood First Aid FISA flood flooding for Forest Research forestry Forestry Commission forests freelancers FSC Fund4Trees funding fundraiser fungal fungi Future Flora Futurebuild gardening GDPR Geocells Gold Medal Gov.uk government grant grants Grapple Saws Green Brexit Green Infrastructure Green Infratructure Green Recovery Guarantee guidance Guidance Note Guidance Note 2 guide guides Hazard Tree Health heart-rot Hedgerow hedges Helliwell Help Henry Girling Henry Kuppen History HMRC HOMED Homeworking Honey Brothers honours Horse Chestnut HortAid horticulture horticulturists HortWeek housing HRH HRH Prince Charles HS2 HSE HTA ICF ICoP identification Immigration import industry Industry Code of Practice industry skills Infographic InfraGreen Initiatives Inspiration Insurance Intermediate Tree Inspection International Urban Forestry Congress International Women’s Day International Year of Plant Health invertebrates Investigating Tree Archaeology Conference Ips typographus Irma irrigation ISA iso i-Tree IUFC IWD21 Job job opportunity jobs judgement JustGiving Karabiner Kew Kit land-based Landsaping Landscape Institute Landscape Show landscaping Lantra law Leaf Minor Lectures legal legislation Letters Liability licence London longevity LTOA Lynne Boddy Magazine Managegement Plan manifesto maple Mayor of London MBE Melbourne Member Benefit Member Survey Membership mentor Midlands moth' motion Myerscough NASA National Geographic National Hedgerow Week National Tree Safety Group National Tree Week NATO Natural England NatureScot Netherlands New Year’s Honours News NHS nominations Northern Northumberland Notice notification NTIS NTOA NTOC NTSG Nurseries oak 'oak Oak Processionary Moth Oak-boring Beetle obituary Observatree occupation online opm Padua Papua parks parliament Perennial Pests & Diseases Pests and Diseases petition Petzl photo Phytophthora plan planning Planning Law Plant Health planting Plantsman Pledge Plumpton College policy poll Poster Power PPE Preston Twins Prince Charles Prince of Wales processionary Product Recall Professional Members prosecution Protect and Survive protected tree protection Qualifications Queen’s 70th Jubilee Questionnaire Quotatis ramorum RC Recruitment reference Reg Harris Registered Registered Consultant Registered Consultants Rememberance Day renewal REnvP Report Rescue research Research grant Resilience response results Retirement retrenchment review RFS rhs RHS Chelsea Flower Show Ride for Research Ride4Research rigging Rodney Helliwell rogue tree surgeons Royal Forestry Society RSFS Safe Working Practice Safety Safety Bulletin Safety Guides Safety Notice Saftey Sale school Scotland Scotland Branch Scottish Branch SDG Accord security Seed Gathering Season Seminar seminars Share Sheffield Show Sierra Leone Site Guidance skills skills survey SocEnv Social Benefits of Trees soil soils South East South East Branch South West Speaker spotlight SRT SRWP staff Standards statement Stationary Rope Stationary Rope Technique statutory STIHL Stonehouse strategy student Student Book Prize Student Conference Study Trip Sub-contractors Supporter survey Sustainable Soils Alliance Sweet Chestnut sweet chestnut blight symposium T Level T Levels Tatarian maple TDAG technical guide Technical Guides Technical Officers Technical Team Technician Members Technology Ted Green tender TG3 Thames & Chiltern The Arboricultural Association The Plantsman’s Choice The Queen’s Green Canopy The Woodland Trust Thinking Arbs Thinking Arbs Day Timbersports Tony Kirkham Tools top-handled chainsaws,Elcoat, TPBE4 TPO Trading Standards trailblazer training transport Tree Tree Care Tree Champion Tree Council Tree Fayre Tree Health Tree Health Week Tree Inspection tree loss tree management Tree of the year Tree Officer Tree officers tree planning Tree Planting Tree Production Innovation Fund Tree Protection tree register Tree Risk Tree Shears tree species Tree Supply Tree Surgeon Tree Surgeons Tree Week Tree Work at Height Tree Workers Zone TreeAlert Treeconomics tree-felling TreeRadar trees trees' Trees & Society Trees & Sociey Trees and Society Trees for Cities Trees, People and the Built Environment trust' trustee Trustees TrustMark Two Rope two-rope UAG Uitlity UK favourite ukas UKWAS urban urban forest Urban Forestry Urban Tree Challenge Urban Tree Challenge Fund Urban Tree Cover Urban Tree World Cup urban trees Utility Arboriculture Group UTWC vacancy VETcert veteran trees video Videos Virtual ARB Show volunteer voting VTA WAC Wales Warning Watering watering solutions Webinar webinars website Western Westonbirt Wharton White Paper WIA Witley Women Women in Arb women in arboriculture woodland Woodland Carbon Code Woodland Carbon Guarantee woodland trust woods Work at Height Workshops World Environment Day World Fungi Day Xylella young Young Arboricultural Professional young arborists Young People’s Breakfast Event Young Tree Aftercare zoo

2000 new trees to join Oxford’s urban forest

Author:  Oxford City Council
Last Updated:  27/11/2019

Oxford Direct Services is working with community groups to plant 2000 new trees and shrubs across Oxford’s urban forest during Tree Week, to improve the city’s treescape and benefit the environment.

National Tree Week is taking place from Saturday 23 November – Sunday 1 December to mark the beginning of the winter tree planting season (November – March).

Planting locations

The Parks Team will be working with local community groups and volunteers to plant the trees and shrubs across the city:

  • Croft Road, Marston with members of Marston community gardening group
  • Ruskin College Oxford, with student volunteers
  • Rosehill Recreation Ground with the school and youth club, and members of Low Carbon Rosehill and Iffley
  • Cutteslowe and Sunnymead park with members of Low Carbon Oxford North

Oxford Direct Services will be providing training, transportation of the trees, and support alongside the Tree Council to community groups involved in planting - to allow communities to take ownership of their sites in the future.

The city-wide project has been funded by Woodland Trust, the International Tree Foundation and Oxford Direct Services.

Why trees matter

New data from Oxford City Council’s iTreeSurvey, completed with Treeconomics, shows how important trees are in an urban environment. Every tree in the city form parts of Oxford’s Urban Forest.

The study estimates that the city’s urban forest contains 248,200 trees, which benefits the estimated 154,600 people living in Oxford. At nearly two trees per person this is double the ratio for London.

The review found:

  • Oxford’s urban forest removes an estimated 2,500 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere each year
  • The urban forest filters an estimated 65 tonnes of airborne pollutants each year
  • Oxford’s trees intercept around 255,000 cubic metres of rain water each year – avoiding an estimated £81,000 in storm water treatment costs
  • Trees are estimated to cover 15.9% of Oxford, but overall canopy cover is estimated to be 22.3% when shrub cover is included
  • There are 73 species of trees in Oxford
  • The most common trees are Ash, Willow, and Poplar

Oxford’s urban forest

The review surveyed 200 randomly allocated plots across Oxford. Details measured include the species, height, diameter of the trunk and canopy spread. Location of the trees, including the land use and the ground cover, was also collected to build a picture of the structure and composition of Oxford’s urban forest.

Oxford’s urban forest is made up of all the city’s trees, woody shrubs, hedgerows, and woodlands in the city area - included everything from garden trees to green spaces at institutions and local authority parks.

A full report on Oxford’s detailed tree survey will be published next year which will support the City Council in how it can improve and maintain Oxford’s urban forest.

“At our recent Citizen Assembly on Climate Change, Assembly Members were very clear that all biodiversity, including trees, was central to the overall ‘net zero’ vision for Oxford. Our city has a rich landscape of greenspaces that capture water, clean the air and have lots of wildlife. These headline findings show how much trees and shrubs contribute positively to our living environment, and the full report will help us improve how we manage this important resource.”

Jo Colwell, Service Manager Environmental Sustainability, Oxford City Council

“This is a great example of ODS working with the community and making an important contribution to Oxford’s rich environment. We will be planting 2000 trees over the week and working with schools and colleges to develop community Woodlands at Marston, Rosehill and Sunnymead.”

Julian Cooper, Countryside supervisor, Oxford Direct Services

Original Story: Oxford City Council