The ability of trees, woodlands and forests to reduce downstream flooding is increasingly recognised and valued by society, driving a demand for assessments of this important ecosystem service. This study updates a previous evaluation (Broadmeadow et al., 2018) with improved estimates for the volume of flood water potentially removed by woodland or retained by its […]
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,...
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...
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.
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
Legacy socio-economic research relating to: Evaluation and appraisal Valuation of the economic and social contribution of forestry for people in Scotland (PDF-219K) Access our current and recent socio-economic research.
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