Socio economic research
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…
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.
A National Conversation: Towards a Resilience Culture
A societal-scale foundation assessment of the public's views of biosecurity and plant / tree health issues, followed by targeted research into how biosecure behaviour can be encouraged
Enhancing Integrated Pest Management in Forestry
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.
SMARTIES - Surveillance and MAnagament of multiple Risks to Treescapes: Integrating Epidemiology and Stakeholder behaviour. SMARTIES is a collaborative project led by Rothamsted Research with Forest Research, University of Salford…
Public Perceptions of Urban Trees
How do contemporary Great British attitudes to urban trees vary between locality, individuals and communities with different socio-demographic backgrounds? Forest Research aims to investigate this through a rapid evidence review, a national questionnaire and a series of focus groups.
Engagement with nature before and during the Covid-19 restrictions
This research aimed to explore people’s engagement with trees and woodlands, as well as wider nature, before and during the Covid-19 restrictions of spring to autumn 2020. There was an increase in social media traffic outlining the benefits of engaging with local nature spaces and a greater awareness of how much people can value and rely on nature to support their wellbeing.
Analysis and development of local authority tree strategies
A series of nine local authority case studies in England to understand the processes, drivers and barriers behind tree strategy development and implementation.
The social dimensions of oak processionary moth (OPM) management
Management of oak processionary moth (OPM) is becoming an increasing challenge to land managers of trees and woodlands in urban and rural areas as the pest continues to spread outwards…
Understanding land managers' behaviours for tree health policy options
Co-design of tree health policy options for resilient treescapes as part of Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFC)