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    Land managers and woodland creation: The evidence landscape in the UK

    This research used a systematic process to map the social science evidence around UK land managers’ willingness and ability to create woodland.
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    Community Tree Nurseries

    Evidencing the potential for community tree nurseries to contribute to satisfying current British demand for quality, diverse, biosecure tree stock.
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    The potential for agroforestry to reduce net GHG emissions in Scotland through the Woodland Carbon Code

    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.
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    Valuing Non-Woodland Trees

    Forest Research and Defra have made the first estimate of the monetary value of non-woodland trees in the UK. This work helps us to understand the overall value of our treescape, in which non-woodland trees play a critical role. Non-woodland trees are: single trees in urban and rural places, groups of trees covering less...
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    Social and Cultural Values and Trees on Farms in England 

    This research involves working directly with farmers to better understand the barriers to and opportunities for increasing tree cover on agricultural land. Specifically, it aims to explore how and where trees fit with farmers’ social and cultural values. The primary focus is on trees outside of woodland, including agroforestry, hedges,...
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    Research impact evaluation framework

    A framework was developed by Forest Research, with consultant Dr Laura Meagher, to improve how we understand, plan, evaluate and communicate the impacts of research, for example the contributions we make to environmental policy and practice. The framework built upon recent research into knowledge utilisation, plus our own experience of...
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    Welsh Plant Health Surveillance Network

      WPHSN scientist Leone Olivieri in the THDAS mobile laboratory at the 2022 Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.   The Welsh Plant Health Surveillance Network (WPHSN) is designed to monitor native and invasive pests and pathogens that can pose a threat to health of plants and trees across Wales. Insect and spore traps installed...
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    Social dimensions of natural colonisation

    This research aims to understand and characterise different kinds of land managers and why they may or may not be likely to utilise natural colonisation as an expansion strategy.  This is being achieved by addressing the following questions: What are land manager attitudes to, and perceptions of the risks and benefits...
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    Ecology of natural colonisation

    Interdisciplinary fieldwork aims to establish a robust methodology to assess the efficacy of ‘natural colonisation’ as an approach to establish new woodland and its impacts on biodiversity and above and below ground carbon. Key questions being evidenced are: Which tree species have colonised and established via natural colonisation? What is the density and...
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    Soil and carbon science of natural colonisation

    A review of the literature found very little information on how carbon in woodland natural colonisation areas compares to planted areas of similar age.  This part of the wider study set out to provide estimates of both tree biomass and soil carbon on natural colonised sites compared to adjacent tree...
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    Natural colonisation as a strategy for woodland creation and expansion

    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...
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    Woodlands for Wales Indicators

    There are currently 23 indicators being used to monitor progress towards the aims of the Woodlands for Wales (WfW) strategy, the third revision of which was published by Welsh Government in 2018.  This project will develop and update the existing Woodlands for Wales indicators to ensure they are relevant and...
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    Introducing stewardship science to improve woodland resilience with ‘Forest Lab’

    This collaborative project with the Sylva Foundation and myForest users explores new mechanisms to improve knowledge exchange between forestry scientists and owners and managers of private woodlands to understand change in their woodlands and help build woodland resilience, through developing ‘stewardship scientists’.  The project has two linked aims: 1) to explore if the...
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    New evidence to inform woodland creation for climate change mitigation

    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...
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    Assessment of pathogen threats to alternative forestry species and provenances in the UK

    Invasive pathogens present a significant threat to the UK forestry industry. Recent epidemics have highlighted the risks of overreliance on a narrow range of plantation forestry tree species. FR research trials have been established to assess alternative forestry species which have an overseas origin, but which might be suitable for...
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    Cooling effect of street trees in Bristol

    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...
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    Climate change and urban forests

    Can urban forests help cities adapt to climate change? Urban forests can both help reduce climate change and help urban society cope with its impacts. As growing trees remove carbon dioxide from the air, storing the carbon in their biomass, urban forests are an important part of our response to...
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    Research and guidance on alternative methods of managing Hylobius abietis

    Research and Guidance The large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis) is the most serious pest of newly planted or naturally regenerating woodland trees on restocking sites in the UK and Ireland. On affected sites, in the absence of protective measures, losses of replanted trees will average around 50%, but in the worst...