Continuing the postcode challenge

I was delighted by the response to the Postcode challenge in November last year.

At that time I reported that of the 121 postcode areas in the UK, the catalogue boasts at least one in 102 of those areas, which meant there were 19 ‘missing’ areas. Thanks to your commitment and dedication (we expect no less), that is now down to just 14 ‘missing’ areas… and I hope that we’ll be able to fill the gaps.

The ‘successes’ from the last challenge were:

M (Manchester) in the North West – which now has six trees, mainly thanks to Agent John in Fife, operating in, er, well not Fife!

In the London and South East we added SM (Sutton) to the catalogue thanks to Agent Philip keeping his eyes peeled on Twitter.

In the South West Agent Baxter bagged the first in PO (Portsmouth), shortly followed by David Mansfield with some tree from the Isle of Wight.

In East we’ve now got CO (Colchester) thanks to Gareth Maskell who knew of a tree in Halstead which I was able to find on Google.

And in Scotland Agent John in Fife (again) found our first in FK.

So all good work folks, but still got more work to do! I’ve compiled a colour coded map to show you where the gaps are:

-16.01.01 UK postcode NO MPT


In London and South East there are the most ‘gaps’. These are: CR (Croydon), EC (City of London), IG (Ilford), LU (Luton), RM (Romford), SG (Stevenage), UB (Uxbridge), and WC (West Central London). Agent Green has worked very hard in Central London and not found any in EC or WC.

In the South West: SP (Salisbury) and TA (Taunton).

In the EastPE (Peterborough).

In the North East: just SR (Sunderland).

In Scotland: ML (Motherwell) and ZE (Shetland).

So, the challenge continues! Keep your eyes peeled in 2016.


3 thoughts on “Continuing the postcode challenge

  1. I have a monkey puzzle tree it is now 8 years old & growing nicely beside a small lemon tree that is 2 year old, based in Sunderland (SR)

  2. We have a Monkey Puzzle tree growing in our flower bed (Sale, Cheshire, M33). I’m guessing it’s about 8 feet tall, it’s branches still growing straight out as opposed to dropping down. I was thinking about removing it until I read the Guardian article which calls for protecting it and citing your blog to map them across Britain. I’ve now decided to embrace its quirky beauty and plan to encorporate it into our garden plan. I’m still baffled as to why it’s in the middle of our flowerbed though!! Makes for frustrating garden planning!

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