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Publications

We publish a wide range of information in support of sustainable forest management in Britain. Publications are organised by category in the filtered search below. Our catalogue includes the FC publication library and archive as well as Forest Research articles and guidance. More about our publications

Research

You will find information about topics we are currently working on as well as archived material from completed projects. Current topics are what we see as being the key scientific challenges for our sector over the next few years, and details of the types of research we are undertaking in response.

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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…

Status: Current

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Research Report

Valuing the mental health benefits of woodlands

This study is the first attempt to provide national estimates of the natural capital value of the mental health benefits provided by UK woodlands.

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Publication

Valuing the mental health benefits of woodlands - In Brief

This research is the first of its kind to value the mental health benefits associated with the UK’s woodlands

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Research topic

EUPHRESCO 2020-A-339- Seed-borne pathogens of conifers (Cosepath)

There is a need to raise awareness about the potential risks of introducing pests and diseases through seed movement and trade.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Pests and diseases
Publication

Engagement with nature and Covid-19 restrictions Survey 2021: Key results

This summary report of a survey undertaken to explore engagement with nature during the Covid-19 restrictions highlights the important role of nature and woodlands in supporting people's wellbeing through the Covid pandemic.

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Alternatives to conventional plastic treeshelters

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.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Forest management
Research topic

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.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Peer reviewed papers

Diameter, height and volume increment single tree models for improved Sitka spruce in Great Britain

The British forestry sector lacks reliable dynamic growth models for stands of improved Sitka spruce, the most important commercial forest type in Great Britain. The aim of this study is…

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Tree breeding
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Peer reviewed papers

Simultaneous estimation of Pinus nigra Arn. ssp. salzmannii natural regeneration emergence and survival through lifetime analysis

We developed a climatic sensitive model to simultaneously estimate the emergence and survival of Corsican pine natural regeneration in Spain through lifetime analysis. This work is highly relevant for managing the species in a context of climate change. Our modelling approach represents a breakthrough in the state of the art of lifetime analysis.

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Forest management
  • Measuring, modelling and forecasting
Research topic

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.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
  • Urban trees and greenspaces