AN Aerial mapping company has completed the first ever detailed digital map of tree canopy cover across Burton and South Derbyshire.
The tree map has been created by Bluesky from the most up to date, high resolution aerial photography, colour infrared data and detailed height models.
It is used by local authorities, commercial organisations and academic institutions in the area with interest also being shown from Central Government agencies and utility companies.
“Previous estimates of tree cover were around 10 per cent for England and 13 per cent for the UK as a whole,” said James Eddy, technical director of Bluesky International.
“Using our national tree map we have estimated this figure to be marginally higher at around 13.5 per cent for England and Wales.”
“However, what is more significant than the overall figure is the level of detail we are able to provide to those organisations and individuals who manage and protect this valuable resource.”
The map has been created using new technology and image processing techniques in combination with the most up to date and detailed aerial photography in the UK.
A team of experienced professionals then completed an exhaustive process to ensure the quality and accuracy of the data.
More information on the map, to order a copy or to see more images is available by heading online to www.bluesky-world.com