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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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    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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    The benefits of an i-Tree Eco survey

    Short summary of evaluation of outcomes and benefits of conducting i-Tree Eco surveys in the UK.
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    Woodland Creation and Expansion – Programme 6

    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
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    Understanding new and emerging pest threats to priority tree species and new woodlands

    This is a collaboration with tree health scientists to explore new and emerging pest threats to priority tree species and new woodlands. We aim to assess the risks posed by established pests under current and future climates, and the most likely invasion pathways for key invasive pests.
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    Impact of tree health interventions on biosecurity behaviours

    The UK’s trees face a growing number of pest and disease related threats, many of which are driven by human activities and behaviour. However, there is very limited evidence surrounding the impact of communication around biosecurity on attitudes and actions. This research builds on previous research for Scottish Forestry into biosecurity interventions along...
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    Valuing the Mental Health Benefits of Forestry – Phase 2

    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.
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    Developing an Approach to Monitoring the Health and Well-Being Benefits of Visits to Scotland’s Forests

    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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    A National Conversation: Towards a Resilience Culture

    A societal-scale foundation assessment of the public's views of biosecurity and plant / tree health issues, followed by targeted research into how biosecure behaviour can be encouraged
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    Enhancing Integrated Pest Management in Forestry

    How do we manage insect pests in forestry? This PhD project aims to evaluate current science and practise and develop and test new and improved methods in order to enhance integrated pest management in the industry.
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    Why society needs nature – Lessons from research during Covid-19

    The Covid-19 Pandemic and associated ‘lockdown’ restrictions in 2020 impacted people’s lives in many ways, including how often people visited nature and their experiences of it. This report concerns how people visited green and blue natural spaces and their experiences of this during 2020.
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    SMARTIES

    SMARTIES – Surveillance and MAnagament of multiple Risks to Treescapes: Integrating Epidemiology and Stakeholder behaviour. SMARTIES is a collaborative project led by Rothamsted Research with Forest Research, University of Salford and the Stockholm Environment Institute as key partners. The project focuses on the development of a linked epidemiological and a social dynamics model which will identify the key epidemiological...
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    Public Perceptions of Urban Trees

    How do contemporary Great British attitudes to urban trees vary between locality, individuals and communities with different socio-demographic backgrounds? Forest Research aims to investigate this through a rapid evidence review, a national questionnaire and a series of focus groups.
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    Engagement with nature before and during the Covid-19 restrictions

    This research aimed to explore people’s engagement with trees and woodlands, as well as wider nature, before and during the Covid-19 restrictions of spring to autumn 2020. There was an increase in social media traffic outlining the benefits of engaging with local nature spaces and a greater awareness of how much people can value and rely on nature to support their wellbeing.
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    Identifying Opportunities for Woodland Creation in Central Scotland

    This research aims to assist those responsible for woodland creation in the Central Scotland Green Network area in identifying landowners and locations which offer the ‘best bets’ for new tree planting. In addition, the research seeks to inform on how communication and outreach can be tailored so as to be more effective.
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    Case Studies

    Case studies are important to help illustrate how woodland for water PES schemes operate in practice.  Case study factsheets  The PESFOR-W Spatial Repository includes selected case studies on Woodland-for-Water PES schemes collected by COST PESFOR-W members during the action, with a focus on the countries participating in the action. Users can browse...
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    Analysis and development of local authority tree strategies

    A series of nine local authority case studies in England to understand the processes, drivers and barriers behind tree strategy development and implementation.
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    Valuing mental health benefits of forests

    This research examines approaches to valuation of the mental health benefits of forests and proposes how monetary valuation of these benefits can be developed further. It examines metrics to quantify mental health impacts, methodologies to value changes in these and potential for incorporating associated values into natural capital accounting