The Welsh Government Environment and Rural Affairs Monitoring and Modelling Programme – Integrated Modelling Platform (ERAMMP – IMP) is a collaborative modelling consortium led by UKCEH delivering model runs to support sustainable land management in Wales.
First evidence of breeding by Ips typographus in the United Kingdom and expansion of Ips amitinus in Scandinavia, Ips duplicatus in central Europe and Ips cembrae in Great Britain and western/northern Europe suggest that factors that previously limited or moderated range expansion may be changing. This project will assess the...
Ancient woodlands provide some of Great Britain’s most biodiverse and culturally significant habitats. Current planning policy aims to protect these ‘irreplaceable’ habitats from the direct and indirect impacts of nearby development. However, assessing the potential impact of development on nearby habitats is complex and impeded by evidence gaps. Our aim is to deliver evidence to underpin future policy, practice, and industry guidance critical to safeguarding ancient woodlands whilst supporting responsible development and woodland use.
Forest Research worked with Treeconomics and Monmouthshire County Council to deliver an i-Tree Eco project in Chepstow and Severnside.
This project has been delivered for the Gwent Green Grid partnership, with funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The study area covers the urban areas of Chepstow and Severnside in...
Forest Research have worked with Wirral Council to undertake a study of the region’s tree population using i-Tree Eco.
The study area covers the whole of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, covering an area of 15,700 hectares. 250 sample plots were distributed within a regular grid across the study area to...
Forests have long been associated with an ability to reduce flood flows, however valuing the contribution that forest cover makes to downstream flood alleviation is very difficult given the multiple factors and associated uncertainties involved.
Despite a strong understanding of the processes by which woods and trees affect the generation and...
The Active Forests Programme aims to create a physical activity habit for life for visitors to the nation’s forests in England. The programme provides engaging, inspirational and motivating physical activity opportunities for new and existing forest visitors. It is a partnership between Forestry England and Sport England and was evaluated by Forest Research.
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.
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...
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,...
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...
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...
This research aims to understand why different kinds of land managers may or may not be likely to utilise natural colonisation as a tree expansion strategy.
Work conducted in 2021/22 characterised different land managers, their understandings of and attitudes towards natural colonisation, barriers to uptake, and support and information needs.
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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