Tree Mapping at the Yorkshire Arboretum


SEI York has been awarded a contract to undertake a mapping project for the Yorkshire Arboretum near York, UK. The project, due to be completed by the end of 2014, will carry out ground and aerial surveys, develop an on-line spatial database and train staff in GIS techniques needed to update and interrogate the information produced.

The Yorkshire Arboretum (is regarded by Defra as a back-up collection for Kew Gardens) has a comprehensive database of its 7000+ trees situated in the Howardian Hills near York. This contains detailed information for each tree  e.g. type, genus,age etc.  They require the database to be geo-referenced in order to provide base mapping suitable for producing a management plan and other products for the public i.e. via an online geo-portal or a visitor app. A geoportal is a type of web portal used to find and access geographic information (geospatial information) and associated geographic services (display, editing, analysis, etc.) via the Internet. SEI will develop the interface for the Arboretum staff to display and query spatial datasets.

SEI-Video-Drone-Yorkshire-Arboretum-140pxSEI will be flying their unmanned aerial vehicle (quadcopter) and collecting ground survey points with a differential GPS to produce an up-to-date high resolution base map on which to identify and record the location of each tree. This information will then be stored in the GIS and linked to the existing tree database. Training in basic GIS knowledge and techniques will be provided by SEI for Arboretum staff using Q-GIS.

Click here to watch a video explaining the use of the quadcopter.