Ever wondered what that tree is you passed during your lockdown exercise walk? There’s a website that tells you the answer.

The Tree Map from Tree Talk has been around for a couple of years, but not many people know about it – and it should be better known as the map covers a lot of London now.

In use, it might be better if the trees weren’t green circles as that makes them slightly harder to spot against the map background where there’s other parks and green spaces around — but once you zoom in a bit it becomes clearer what’s there.

Apart from identify that big tree near you — there’s also some interesting analysis maps, such as this one showing tree species rarity across London.

Of course, any grading scale will have oddities, so where the Thames seems to be filled with trees is thanks to denser numbers of trees on the shoreline. Pity though – a floating forest on the Thames would be cool.

The tree map is here, and it works on a smartphone for when you’re out and about.

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9 comments on “A map of the trees of London
  1. Maurice Reed says:

    Interesting but lots of gaps. On the corner of my road there is a huge Horsechestnut tree with a huge cherry tree that aren’t listed and just opposite us an apple tree not listed.

    Despite that, a massive amount of work gone into locating and identifying so many trees.

  2. Catherine says:

    Brilliant. And very timely. I have been struggling to identify a tree on my street. Books and apps failed me, but now I have the answer

  3. someone says:

    Have you considered adding this data to OpenStreetMap?

    https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tree

  4. Hayden Smith says:

    A brilliant idea

  5. JohnT says:

    Anyone know why the map doesn’t work at all on Firefox?

  6. Steve Jackson says:

    Love this. Is it planned to extend outside london?
    Also is there a way of adding trees or submitting trees myself say?

  7. Fiona Clements says:

    Thanks for this. Very useful. I’ve finally been able to identify the mystery candelabra-shaped tree in the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre car park so can now sleep at night. [It’s a foxglove.]

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