This project will gather evidence to better understand the social and cultural value of an understudied part of English treescapes: Trees outside Woodlands in peri-urban and rural areas (ToWPUR). The research will feed into a variety of policy aims relating to the societal benefits and impact of tree-planting and management.
Feel Good in the Forest is a social prescribing pilot project run by Forestry England. It is part of a wider programme called Active Forests. The pilot aimed to address barriers to participation in forest-based activities and engage inactive and fairly active people with mild to moderate health conditions.
There is a need for Green Finance mechanisms to increase private investment in UK woodland creation and tree planting. Forest Research is exploring existing evidence on this topic, identifying innovative mechanisms, existing case studies and research gaps.
Forest Research, working with Forestry and Land Scotland, is leading a forest restoration Demo for the EU Horizon2020 “SUPERB” project. This demonstrates conversion to continuous cover forestry, establishment of high-elevation forests, and riparian woodlands with natural flood management measures, and will work with stakeholders to examine potential for upscaling.
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...
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.
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...
The Vale of Glamorgan is home to an estimated 1.7 million trees, including at least 59 different species. Air pollution removal, avoided surface water runoff, and carbon sequestration provided by these trees are worth over £2 million per year.
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.
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