City residents fail tree test

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Sheffield residents are amongst the most knowledgeable about trees in Britain - but are still unable to recognise some of Britain’s most common trees, accoding to a survey. In research conducted by Bosch Lawn and Garden to understand the nation’s tree knowledge, more than four-fifths of those questioned in the city failed to recognise the leaves of an ash and nearly three-quarters could not recognise those of a beech tree.

But 66 per cent spotted an oak and 45 per cent could identify a chestnut tree’s leaves.

Sheffield’s tree knowledge put it in fourth place out of 15 cities polled for the British Tree Week league table.

The survey was carried out to mark National Tree week, which aims to promote knowledge of tree types and the wildlife that lives in them.