Apps to Make it Easy for Tree ID

Tree and Plant Identification in the Palm of Your Hand

There are now a number of apps available, both for iOS and Android devices, which make identifying a particular tree or plant much easier. We have undertaken some research and identified the following, with a section of their descriptive text, which you may like to consider downloading.

 

 

 

Tree ID: Field guide app for trees in Britain. A visual guide to identifying trees of the British Isles. All native and naturalised species covered. No connection to the internet or mobile network is needed. The guide has been created by professional published ecologists. Discover more about each species with fascinating facts, folklore, history and uses – from medicine to musical instruments. 4.6 stars.

Plant Identification++: Identify plants in a snap. Take a picture with the phone’s camera, or pick an image from your library, then use the advanced machine learning algorithm to identify the plant in the picture. Convenient and fast! Instantly identify tens of thousands of plants, flowers, trees, leaves – powered by advanced artificial intelligence. 4.6 stars.

Picture This – Plant Identifier: Instantly identify plants. Accurate, fast and content rich! In addition to description and plant care tips, enjoy beautiful plant pictures from around the world. Capable of identifying 10,000+ plant species with an accuracy of 98%, better than most human experts. 4.7 stars.

Plant ID: Allows you to identify plants, flowers, leaves, trees and herbs quickly and accurately. All you have to do is point your camera, take a picture and artificial intelligence will tell you what the plant is in seconds! The app will also show you additional useful information about the plants. The machine learning model used can identify over 10,000+ plant species with an accuracy of 98%. This covers the most commonly requested plants from Europe, the United States, India and Australia. You can also store all of your identified plants in a simple to use user interface. 4.3 stars.

iplant: Fast and accurate recognition of plants and flowers based on artificial intelligence. Just photograph or select plant images from the gallery on your mobile phone to quickly identify plants. Automatically save identification records and quickly search history records. Share plant images and information to Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter etc. 4.2 stars.

British Tree Identification: An interactive British tree identification app from the Woodland Trust, the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. In just a few steps, you can identify native and common non-native trees in the UK, whatever the season. Use bark, twigs, buds, leaves, flowers and fruits of our A-Z guide full of stunning, clear images to identify the most common British trees. 3.7 stars.

PLNT: Identifies any plant, tree, weed or flower with 95% accuracy – better than most human experts! Highly accurate plant identification. Whether you manually search for the plant or simply take a picture of it. The AI-powered system provides an immediate result. Explore nature and its wonders while you’re on the walk: combine visual pleasure with learning new things about flora. 4.2 stars.

 

We hope you find these useful in your work.  For tree, plant and landscape advice, for your next commercial soft landscaping project, please contact us.

Completing the Crematorium

Preparing for the Queen’s Platinum Celebration

Further to our previous post, we have completed the works at the South Oxfordshire Crematorium. We are now in the 12-month maintenance phase, where we nurture and care for the plants and other landscaping.

 

 

Working with Beard Construction, we have planted over 1000 shrubs, 77 trees, many many bulbs, ornamental hedging plus undertaken turfing and mulching.

Our ongoing maintenance programme means that the new memorial garden, which has been created as part of the project, will be looking very smart for the official unveiling day on the 2nd July as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The garden will be fully open to the local public for the day.  There will be live contemporary music from the Sullivan’s sounds and a summer buffet with beverages and wine will be available.

We are very pleased to have been part of this project, working with Beard. To partner with Panoramic for your next soft landscaping project, please contact us.

 

Successful Urban Tree Planting

The benefits that healthy urban trees provide are significant. However, the environmental conditions found in urban areas can often be challenging to their establishment and long-term survival. To give them the best opportunity to survive and thrive it is essential that they are planted in a way that provides them with sufficient root space and irrigation.

Generally, a minimum of 3m3 of rooting volume is required to give most tree types a viable chance of becoming established. Where this amount of space is not available, tree planting and growth is still possible provided care is taken with species selection and root management. The use of soil structure modules can help to prevent soil compaction and ensure that sufficient rooting volume is available.

 

 

In addition to being provided with sufficient room, tree roots can also be directed to ensure that they do not damage surrounding surfaces or underground structures. This includes, if a tree is to be positioned within or next to a paved surface, then the tree roots will need to be directed downwards to prevent paving heave.

In order for a tree to thrive, the roots must be able to receive a sufficient amount of water. Also, if the rooting area is waterlogged then the surrounding soil may become anaerobic, which is equally likely to result in the destruction of the tree. Therefore, consideration must be given to the substance and structure of the soil surrounding a tree to ensure that there is sufficient drainage to prevent waterlogging. Also as the majority of urban trees are covered by a hard surface, tree planting should also incorporate the means to irrigate efficiently.

Many urban trees are planted in exposed locations where they are vulnerable to the high winds that can develop as a result of urban wind tunnel effects. Therefore, an appropriate form of support is required to help trees through the initial growth phase. Underground guying is often preferred for urban tree pits as it is unobtrusive. Staking is a cost-effective alternative although this usually requires ongoing maintenance.

For further advice on tree selection and planting techniques plus professional tree installation in urban areas please contact us.

 

Urban Trees in Towns & Cities Have a Positive Impact

Most people are aware of the many social and environmental benefits that trees provide. However, these are multiplied when planted in urban areas.

Trees make a positive visual contribution to any landscape. In addition, they help to improve air quality and combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere, so offsetting and regulating greenhouse gases, to combat important climate damage.

 

 

A simple mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of over twenty kilograms per year. In addition, trees also remove and store other harmful pollutants, so improving air quality, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and particulates, sulphur dioxide, nickel and lead.

Trees also counter the effects of climate change by providing shade, and by the transpiration of water, help reduce ambient temperatures and combat urban flooding. They also have beneficial effects on the physical and psychological wellbeing of the local population. This includes cutting noise pollution and urban wind tunnel effects by reducing wind speeds.

As trees planted in urban environments provide so many benefits, it is essential that they are planted in a way that will ensure their long term survival. For advice on tree selection and planting techniques please contact us.

 

Happy New Year

From Small Acorns: Panoramic Continues To Grow

As we enter 2022 we continue to expand thanks to the support of our customers, both long-standing and new. Indeed, we currently have a strong order book, in excess of £2 Million, although there is room for more!

In recent months we have recruited further site crews and additional site supervisors, plus we have strengthened our internal support team to ensure we carry on meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

 

 

COVID-19 and the various lockdowns have not stopped or slowed us. We have taken all relevant precautions on-site and, where possible, our office-based staff have worked from home. As a result, the site teams have not missed a day.

Thanks to the hard work of our teams, impressing clients and receiving top-quality references, sales have continued to flow. Existing clients are awarding us repeat orders (thank you) and additional new relationships continue to be formed. We are now working with over 60 different contractors.

We are heading to a real major milestone in our turnover since the business launched just 30 months ago. We will be announcing this soon.

Happy New Year – Best Wishes for 2022.

 

Getting Festive

Christmas Jumpers for Charity

As a bit of festive fun, the members of the Panoramic team at Hastings were invited to come into the office dressed in their favourite Christmas jumper. The photo shows what a variety of designs there was and everyone starting to get into the festive spirit.  A small donation was made by each member of the team towards a cancer charity.

 

 

Just a reminder that we finish for Christmas at the close of play tomorrow, Wednesday 22nd December and that we will be back in the office ready to start serving all our customers again on Tuesday 4th January.

Best Wishes to everyone and Seasons’ Greetings from all of us at Panoramic.

 

New Customers Join Our Client List

As we continue to grow, we are delighted to welcome a number of new customers who have recently placed their first projects with Panoramic. It’s great that they have entrusted us with their soft landscaping work.

 

 

Among the new clients that we are working with for the first time over recent weeks are the following:

  • Cadman Group
  • BBS Construction / Chartway Group
  • Davis Construction
  • Jenner Group
  • Magrock
  • Pilbeam
  • SDC
  • Tinnelly Construction

 

These new clients have brought with them a variety of project types including the landscaping around schools, care homes, self-storage units, industrial units, new build housing, large scale commercial and schemes within the urban realm.

To discuss your first Panoramic project and join our long list of contented customers please contact us.

 

Taking Care at the Crematorium

Working with Beard Construction, we recently completed soft landscaping works at the South Oxford Crematorium. The project constituted extending the current gardens and was the first of this kind for us, as we were carrying out works in an active crematorium.

The conditions posed a unique challenge and required us to adapt our site work and deliveries so as to not disrupt ongoing services. Operating at an active crematorium came with several unexpected hurdles. However, thanks to the help of Beard and the patience of the client, we were able to overcome these as a team and learn valuable lessons along the way.

 

 

The project included the planting of 77 trees, ornamental hedging, over 1,000 shrubs and bulbs, 1,160m² of turfing plus mulching. The work was undertaken over four months and we are now beginning our usual twelve-month period of maintenance.

Keep an eye open for new posts about this site once our planting has had time to establish and flourish!  To discuss how we can take care of your next soft landscaping project please contact us.

 

Pandemics Affect Trees Too

Using British Trees is Best

In the same way that the Coronavirus pandemic has been sweeping the country recently, our tree population is also in peril as a result of pandemics introduced from abroad.  Almost twenty serious tree diseases have arrived in the UK since 1990.  Most of these are now having a significant impact on our tree and plant population.

The Woodland Trust has reported that trees in the UK are being threatened with foreign diseases caused by a huge increase in low cost imported trees.  Sourced from abroad, particularly from Southern Europe where they can be grown faster, thanks to the climate, and so cheaper, these trees may save money but there is a big long-term cost.

 

 

Between 2010 and 2012, the UK imported over one million ash trees.  The Dieback disease is thought to have arrived in this way and is now expected to eventually kill over 100 million ash trees in the UK.  The importation was banned in October 2012, but it was too late and the clean-up cost is now estimated to be over £15 billion.

In a similar situation, in 2019 Processionary Moth, which not only damages oak trees but is also harmful to human health, was also missed and imported more than 70 times into the UK.  In addition, a new tree disease called Phytophthora Pluvialis, which affects a variety of trees including firs, has recently been found in Cornwall.  It is not yet known how this has arrived in the UK but is another reminder of the vulnerability of the UK’s trees to deadly pests and diseases.

The message is definitely that it is best to buy British trees and to plant a variety on any project, so that disease may not affect all of those within a scheme.  Indeed, trees must grow and survive to maturity, when their carbon-absorbing capacities are most effective.

Wherever possible, we seek to use British trees in schemes and would almost always recommend them. Using lower-cost imported trees can make initial savings but there are long-term costs. For further advice please browse our website or contact us to discuss your next soft landscaping project.