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How to get involved with trees in Cambridge

Cambridge City Council manages our trees using the Urban Forestry model; this means we take a holistic approach to managing both our own trees but also those on private land in order to fully maximise all the benefits trees can offer to our residents and visitors.

Trees are an essential part of the urban infrastructure and we see it as our role to promote, educate and maximise the benefits these bring to our communities.

In order to do this, we'd like our residents to be active participants in managing and caring for Cambridge’s urban forest. For example, you could help us by:

  • Planting new trees in your own garden
  • Helping us water new trees
  • Looking after newly planted street trees in your area
  • Carrying out surveys to help us manage pest and disease threats
  • Getting out in nature and being inspired by the amazing trees in our city!

We are continually developing local and citywide initiatives alongside the community and other partnerships, so keep checking this page as well on our Twitter feed for new ways to get involved. 

You can also follow us on Instagram or search for #CamTrees to see some of the amazing trees we find in Cambridge.  In the mean-time take a look at what we currently have for you to get involved in:

Citizen Science projects

We’re lucky to have and engaged and environmentally aware group of residents and we’re always being asked how people can get involved in studying the urban forest.

We’ve got a number of ideas of what we want to do so keep up to date by following us on social media channels, or checking this webpage.

Help us water new trees

Have you seen a new tree pop-up outside your house this winter? Want to know how you can help water it? A watering can, a hosepipe or even the old dishwater will do!

Free Trees for Babies

Are you a new parent, or do you know new parents, foster carers or adoptive parents in Cambridge? Parents and guardians can apply for free tree to plant in their own garden to help boost the tree population and to celebrate the birth of a new baby.

Tree Trails

One way of celebrating some of the best trees we have in the city is through Tree Trails.

We’ve developed and are looking to expand these interactive walks which use your smartphone to share interesting facts and stories that are attached to different species of tree.

Our first Tree Trail is at Cherry Hinton Hall, the host park of the Cambridge Folk Festival. You can find out all the details about how to complete the trail here, and you can watch this drone footage showing off the trees you can find along the walk.