Adding new trees

Christine Tansey's picture

Now that we are getting to the end of March, signs of spring in the woods have cropped up across the UK, with reports of wood anemone and even bluebell flowering starting to come in. Our hazel trees have begun to budburst up at Roslin, but there is still time to sign up and take part in Track a Tree if you’ve not done so before.

As a quick reminder, if you already record a tree and would like to monitor another this year, you can add new trees to your site on the website. Once you have logged in, go to the ‘My sites’ tab and click ‘Edit’ next to the site you wish to add a new tree to. Once your site information has appeared onscreen click on the ‘Add Tree’ button. A form will appear allowing you to add the new information for your tree. You can map the approximate location of the tree by first clicking on the Location tool on the top right of the map, and then clicking once on the map itself. A new tree should then appear on your site. If you have any problems with this process, please get in touch with us by email (, sending us the details from the site and tree information recording sheet and we will try and help.


One of the other sights in our woodland at the moment are the small pinkish flowers of elm trees, which almost look like berries before they fully open. We are lucky to have a number of elms around Roslin, but mature trees have become a rarer sight since the spread of Dutch elm disease. Do keep your eyes open for any around your local wood.



Dutch elm disease is a serious issue in the UK right now. It's caused by two species of fungi, which can not coexist together but will occasionally combine genes which results in a stronger more persistent gene-modified fungus... I really like elm trees and it hurts me knowing we can't handle the thing properly. Admire what you're trying to do, though, very good job!

Regards, Irvine, master gardening expert at

Christine Tansey's picture

Thanks for your comment Irvine, very interesting to know that changes to the fungi could make them more persistent. 

I do enjoy seeing Elms where I can, but grew up not being familiar with them, as there were far fewer in the area I was.