Sidmouth Arboretum – the country’s first civic arboretum – is measuring the benefits and true value of the trees in Sid Valley.Established in 2010, the Arboretum is not restricted to a single site but incorporates the whole of the parish – including trees on both public and private property.

To assist in planning for the future, to know which trees to plant and where, the Arboretum has worked in partnership with Treeconomics to train volunteers to complete an i-Tree Eco survey and to identify and assess the health of Sidmouth’s trees.

The Arboretum are now using the results to inform a community tree strategy and recently held a Tree Summit to engage the wider public.