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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.

Status: Completed

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

Selecting urban trees for ecosystem service provision

Urban trees provide a range of benefits or ‘ecosystem services’ to society.

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  • Urban trees and greenspaces
Publication

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.

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  • Urban trees and greenspaces
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Centre of Excellence for Brownfield Regeneration

Forestry Commission Centre of Excellence for brownfield regeneration to woodland and open green space

Status: Current

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  • Land reclamation
  • Soil science
  • Urban trees and greenspaces
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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…

Status: Current

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  • Ecosystem services
  • Land reclamation
  • Urban trees and greenspaces
Peer reviewed papers

Historic Urban Tree Canopy Cover of Great Britain

A study of historic and current urban tree canopy cover in Great Britain using aerial imagery.

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  • Ecosystem services
  • Urban trees and greenspaces
Peer reviewed papers

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.

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  • Urban trees and greenspaces
Research Note

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…

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  • Forest management
  • Urban trees and greenspaces
Research Report

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.

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  • Urban trees and greenspaces
Research Report

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.

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  • Urban trees and greenspaces