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    Walking With Trees

    The NUI Galway campus is home to a wide variety of trees that contribute greatly to the university’s attractive environment and provide an untapped resource for research and learning. This project aims to create an online interactive map of the trees on the main NUI Galway campus. A basic mobile app will also be created to enable students, staff and the public to identify trees while walking through campus.

    Building on the university’s existing basic tree inventory, this project will provide detailed information on each tree including GPS coordinates, a photograph, height and diameter estimates, species identification and a description. Where possible, the date of planting / age of the tree will be also included.

    The map is expected to form an invaluable learning tool for environmental science and other environmental courses, and may help further research into the carbon syncing potential of trees on campus. It will also aid environmental protection at NUI Galway by recognising the importance of protecting trees on campus.

    Project Updates

    March 2012

    - We attended the Explore networking event on 27th February.We discussed collaboration with a number of other projects as there is huge potential for co-operation.

    - Contacted Laura, one of the grounds keepers and she said that they would be happy to sit down and talk about how they might be able to help.

    - Met with Greg Power (University Master Planner) on the 12th March.The meeting was quite productive, we have set up a Dropbox account and Greg will in the coming week upload 3 documents, (1) 2010 taxonomy of the entire campus, (2) 2005 Dr Forest Report for suggested tree walks of campus 2005, and (3) the NUIG Woodland Management Strategy.

    - These 3 documents will provide us with information on how best to continue and begin the GPS logging ASAP.

    - After waiting so long to have a meeting with the Buildings Dept we are slightly behind schedule on the point of GPS logging, however the information we are waiting for is more detailed than previously imagined and we are expecting it will significantly progress the project, once we have assessed the volumes of data.

    April 2012

    GPS logging:
    - Noelle & Ruairí have logged the GPS coordinates of trees in Area 1
    - After the meeting, Noelle, Ruairí and Richard did nearly all of Area 2
    - As the trees have been mapped accurately by Brady-Shipman-Martin, they must have some coordinates, contact through Greg Power

    - Information on tree types available at: http://www.british-trees.com/
    - Irish Trees: Myths, legends & folklore by Niall Mac Coiter is available in the library
    - Consider interesting by: appearance, folklore & biodiversity
    - Match Mary Forest’s trees to the inventory numbers
    - Look up list of species supported by each tree

    - Noelle & Ruairí to compile tour of trees around Quad and President’s Lawn by early next week
    - This could include the Quad, natural history museum in the MRI, bat route and organic garden as well as the trees
    - Once this route is finished, the longer river route can begin

    Project Participants

    Student Partner
    Richard Manton
    Student Partner
    Dr Mike Gormally
    Staff Partner

    Contact Us

    Students' Union,
    Áras na Mac Léinn,
    NUI Galway,
    Galway, Ireland.

    +353 (0)91 524810
    Mon - Fri, 10:00am to 5.00pm

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