Birder's Paradise: A Tree Guide for Hanley Park

At the very end of October, Birder's Paradise revisited Hanley Park to present the work which came from our initial visits. A Tree Guide For Hanley Park was inspired by our time there and talking to park visitors and the staff who maintain the urban greenspace.

Looking at the survey with Tom Pine- park liason officer
We were given access to the recent tree survey that was carried out to look at the species and condition of the trees in the park, some of the species were described as "eccentric" because of where and why they were planted- these were just that little bit out of place and very different to the original Thomas Moreton planting scheme. Find out more about the research we did on Anna's blog
One of the 'eccentrics' labelled as unkown, we shared the image on Facebook
and a friend who is a tree surgeon correctly identified it as "Brewer's Spruce: picea Breweriana"
a rare native of western USA

We spent a good few hours looking round the park at all the species identified on the survey and developed the idea of a tour for people to use to explore the park. We selected trees of different species and then gave them an alternative "Birder's" name based on what either the name of the appearance of the tree suggested to us, we then tagged the trees in the park with professionally produced arboricultural engraved tags, giving the latin, common, and Birder's name for the tree. The Guide is available either as A4 printed leaflet; from staff in the park, or you can download a printable/browsable version here

The tree guide is only a small representation of all the different species in Hanley Park and we would say that it is well worth an explore of the whole site.

Birder's Paradise is a project by artists Anna Francis and Andrew Branscombe, to explore and celebrate urban nature commissioned by Appetite Stoke:

Appetite is part of the Creative People and Places programme and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.  
Appetite is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. Appetite is also supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.