Trees are an essential part of Cambridge’s urban infrastructure. We see it as our role to promote and maximise the benefits they bring to our communities and visitors.
We manage the city’s trees using the urban forestry model. This means we take a holistic approach to managing our own trees as well as encouraging good management of those on private land.
We want you to be active participants in managing and caring for Cambridge’s urban forest. Here's what you could do to help:
Comment on our planned tree works. We publish all planned work to trees up to 20 days in advance, so you can tell us what you think or ask any questions.
Help us map the city’s trees. There are about 335,000 trees in Cambridge. We’ve plotted the ones we look after on an interactive tree map, but we need your help to fill in the gaps.
Help us water new trees. If we have planted a new tree outside your house, you can help us nurture it. A watering can, a hosepipe, or even the old dishwater will do!
Plant a tree in your garden. Gardens in Cambridge a very high proportion of tree canopy. You can help us sustain tree canopy cover by planting a new tree in your garden or replacing old one. Our free trees for babies scheme will give you a tree to commemorate your child.
Sponsor a tree. Choose a tree on a street where you live, or a ‘celebration tree’ on one of our parks and open spaces. You might do this to mark the birth or death of a loved one, or to commemorate another notable event.
Suggest a location for planting a new tree. Let us know if you think you have found a good spot for a new tree on council-owned land.
If you want to learn more about the city’s trees, take a walk along one of our tree trails. There’s one at Cherry Hinton Hall and another at the Accordia site off Brooklands Avenue. They’re about 1.5km long and you can use your smartphone to learn about the trees.