This research examines the potential of agroforestry to contribute to meeting greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets outlined in Scotland’s Climate Change Plan, and the economic viability of adopting agroforestry practices. It finds agroforestry has potential to sequester carbon and is generally financially viable, but benefits vary according to different factors.
Natural colonisation occurs when tree seed reaches a site and establishes where woodland has not recently existed. This differs from natural regeneration where new trees establish within existing woodland or where woodland has recently been located.
Supporting woodland expansion through such natural processes, is another method with potential to contribute to...
A project was commissioned to estimate and compare the potential for carbon sequestration (net CO2 uptake) and GHG emissions mitigation that could be realised by creating different types of woodlands.
The analysis assesses the influence of different tree species, site and management factors, including the eventual use of harvested wood, on...
In cities the climate is significantly warmer than in the surrounding countryside. This is known as the Urban Heat island (UHI) effect. The UHI effect is caused by a range of factors including hard building surfaces which absorb and radiate heat and the design of urban areas which means they...
This review aims to answer the question “what are the public perspectives of
woodland creation, expansion, management and maintenance?” (where woodland is
taken to refer to trees in any location and context).
Using a combination of structured search strings and key word searches, the search
process uncovered 81 relevant publications from 15 countries, published between
1996 and 2021 (inclusive).
Given the policy ambitions for tree planting and woodland expansion across Great
Britain, from the United Kingdom (UK), Welsh and Scottish Governments, the
findings from this review are timely. The findings provide valuable evidence of
possible public reactions to new planting, afforestation and changes to
management, and identify gaps in the evidence where further work is required.
Forest Research are working with Derby City Council to undertake an i-Tree Eco survey in the city of Derby in summer 2021.
Derby has 17 electoral wards. To enable comparison of the structure of the urban forest in each ward 350 sample plots have been laid out across the city.
i-Tree Eco will use...
This research aims to find out how to expand woodland cover in a way that maximises ecological and social benefits. The programme complements the other six programmes and follows collaborative principles to produce tools which support land managers, stakeholders and policy makers to increase engagement with woodland creation activities
This research presents an estimate of the mental health benefits associated with the UK’s woodlands, using an approach valuing woodland through reduced prevalence of mental illnesses. Indicative estimates are derived for potential inclusion of mental health benefits in UK natural capital accounts and for use in project and policy appraisal.
This project reviewed evidence on the health and well-being benefits, and social and cultural benefits, of visits to forests, as well as the methods to measure and monitor them. It also provides recommendations for monitoring these benefits to support the implementation of Scotland’s Forestry Strategy 2019-2029.
Highlights Good forest practice was effective at protecting water quality. Streamwater acidity and ecology unaffected by conifer afforestation. Hurricanes caused marked changes in streamwater acidity and water colour. Total P increased after fertiliser applications but no impact on ecological status. Findings will inform future woodland expansion within sensitive water catchments. Abstract Our study was […]
In summer 2021 Forest Research worked with Derby City Council to undertake an i-Tree Eco survey in the city.
Derby has 17 electoral wards. 350 sample plots were laid out across the city, to enable analysis of the urban forest in each ward.
Map of i-Tree Eco sample plot locations in Derby
Howson, T., Chapman, P. J., Shah, N.,
Anderson, R., & Holden, J. (2021). The effect of forest-to-bog
restoration on the hydrological functioning of raised and
blanket bogs. Ecohydrology, e2334. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.2334
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