Research topics Publications
Urban trees and greenspaces
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.
Selecting urban trees for ecosystem service provision
Urban trees provide a range of benefits or ‘ecosystem services’ to society.
Trees, greenspace and urban cooling
Trees and greenspaces can play an important role in reducing the negative impact of the urban heat island effect on urban communities.
Centre of Excellence for Brownfield Regeneration
Forestry Commission Centre of Excellence for brownfield regeneration to woodland and open green space
Urban Forest Research Group
The Urban Forest Research Group undertakes research into the structure, composition, and value of trees in towns and cities in the UK. The urban forest comprises all the trees in…
Historic Urban Tree Canopy Cover of Great Britain
A study of historic and current urban tree canopy cover in Great Britain using aerial imagery.
An insight to the current state and sustainability of urban forests across Great Britain based on i-Tree Eco surveys
Research into the sustainability of 12 urban forests across Great Britain, and recommendation of a framework to rate sustainability of urban trees.
Understanding the role of urban tree management on ecosystem services
Urban forests provide ecosystem services that contribute to human health, liveability and sustainability. The management of trees influences the delivery of these ecosystem services and thus helps determine the total…
Ecosystem services delivery by small and medium stature urban trees
This Research Report reviews the provision of four ecosystem services by 18 small and medium stature tree species using the i-Tree Eco model and compares the performance of these trees in different age groups.
Ecosystem services delivery by large stature urban trees
This Research Report reviews the provision of four ecosystem services by 12 large stature tree species using the i-Tree Eco model and compares the performance of trees in different age classifications and climate regions.