10 ways to measure a tree

A variety of methods to measure the height of a tree, varying in complexity and accuracy. Each method makes use of different equipment and some don't require any. These methods can be used as part of a range of other activities, for example as the starting point to calculating the amount of carbon stored in an outdoor location, or total biomass. Simpler methods can be adapted for younger learners to introduce them to measuring and observation.

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What you need

  • Pencil and paper (optional)
  • Measuring stick (optional)


  • Outdoors