From Tibetan cherry and Lebanese cedar to trees planted for British royalty, residents can now find out more about the city’s spectacular specimens thanks to a hi-tech trail in West Park.

New signs have been introduced to tell visitors more about 18 different specimens of trees that are flourishing in the historic park.

Each sign contains a QR code which links to dedicated webpages giving a variety of different facts such as the tree’s origins, historical significance, symbolism, conservation concerns, historical uses, ecological roles and landscaping use.

While most of the trees included on the trail have been chosen for being unusual, some are of particular note. These include the Judas Tree and the Chinese Necklace Poplar which are uncommon outside of ornamental gardens and arboretums in the UK.

Other trees of interest on the trail include 2 species with royal connections – the Common Oak and Sessile Oak and the Red Stemmed or Scarlet Willow.

The oaks are 2 examples of native trees which were planted in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The Red Stemmed or Scarlet Willow was planted in 2012 with the Friends of West Park to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.

The trail, which is around 2km long, is fully accessible. It starts at the Southgate entrance and finishes at the park café.

The trees included in the trail, along with all trees in the city’s parks, are inspected every 2 years to make sure they are managed safely. This inspection programme, which includes any necessary maintenance, is in line with industry best practice and the council’s Tree Risk Management policy.

Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal, cabinet member for resident services at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “This is a wonderful trail which really showcases the surprisingly wide range of trees that we have in our city.

“The introduction of the new signs means visitors to the park can find out a lot more about the trees we have here. We’ve got species which are native to our shores, those that have come from far away and some that have been planted in honour of royal occasions 115 years apart.

“That the trees are doing so well in West Park is testament to the dedication of our arboriculture team in providing care and maintenance.

“As well as being beautiful to look at, trees play a vital role in our commitment to tackle climate change as well as providing health and wellbeing benefits.

“Getting outside enjoying green spaces can make a real difference to people’s physical and mental wellbeing so I would encourage residents to pop down to West Park and enjoy the terrific tree trail for themselves.”

For more information about the trail visit West Park Tree Trail.