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Exploring disabled people's perceptions and use of forest recreation facilities

The page summarises the findings of a study by Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research to assess how disabled people perceived and experienced woodlands, and how these issues affect their use.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Children and young people's perceptions of climate change

This page summarises findings from Forest Research’s study into the perceptions and attitudes of children and young people to climate change.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Public Forest Estate: social study

This page summarises Forest Research’s findings on people’s perceptions and expectations of the public forest estate (PFE) managed by the Forestry Commission.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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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.

Status: Current

Themes

  • Socio economic research
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Green networks and people

This page is about Forest Research’s work to help town planners join up open space into urban green networks.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Assessing the contribution of forestry grants to equal access for disabled people for recreation in Scottish woods

The page summarises the findings of work by the OPENspace Research Centre in Edinburgh to develop methodologies for evaluating how much grant schemes support disability access to woodlands.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Barriers to accessing woodlands for health and well-being

This page summarises findings from Forest Research’s study of five woodland sites in Scotland to understand why some people do not use woodlands for leisure and physical activity.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
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Social and cultural values of woodlands in northwest and southeast England

This page summarises Forest Research’s insights into the social and cultural value that people from northwest and southeast England place on woods and forests.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Equal access: enhancing access for disabled people to recreation opportunities, facilities and services in Scottish forests

The page summarises the findings of work by the OPENspace Research Centre to develop new guidance, tools and support for Forestry Commission staff to promote equal access for disabled people.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research
Research topic

Relationships between peri-urban woodlands and people’s health and well-being

This page summarises the findings of a Forest Research study to document people’s woodland experiences at four peri-urban case study sites.

Status: Completed

Themes

  • Ecosystem services
  • Socio economic research