This project investigates the potential to use green infrastructure (including woodland planting) to deliver a sustainable approach to managing flood risk. The strategic road network in England faces a significant increase to disruption and risk of injury due to flooding. Predicted changes in rainfall linked to climate change will require improved...
Climate change affects the health and resilience of our urban forests through changes in precipitation, maximum and minimum temperatures, and the spread of pests and diseases.
Urban forests with many different species of trees are more resilient to climate change, but there is very little information on what species are suitable...
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 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.
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...
This research aims to determine the practicality, durability, and efficacy of non-plastic biodegradable treeshelters and other tree protection methods, as alternatives to using treeshelters made from conventional plastics.
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.
In summer 2021 Forest Research worked with Derby City Council to undertake an i-Tree Eco survey in the city.
Derby has 17 electoral wards. 350 sample plots were laid out across the city, to enable analysis of the urban forest in each ward.
Map of i-Tree Eco sample plot locations in Derby
LAP2 commenced in 2019 as an extention of the earlier Living Ash Project phase I.
The objectives of LAP2 are to:
Establish a National Archive of Tolerant Ash based on selections made in the Living Ash Project phase I and from Forest Research’s mass screening trials (Future Trees Trust)
Intensively screen selected trees using...
Research investigating barriers and solutions for translating forest and land manager knowledge into action to prevent and mitigate tree pest and disease impacts and build resilience into our treescapes.
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.
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.
An ongoing project betwen Forest Research, Defra and Vodafone is exploring how the Internet of Things (IoT) can be used in environmental and forest monitoring at remote forest sites. A pilot study is currently underway where a new generation of IoT sensors and communication devices is being used to monitor...
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