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This research aims to outline the methodological approaches to eliciting local attitudes towards woodland expansion so that they may be considered, tailored and applied in a range of locales. In addition, the research aims to demonstrate the successful implementation of a selected method in an area of South Scotland where woodland expansion is biophysically possible, but where levels of social acceptability are unknown. The findings from the research thus help to inform future woodland expansion related planning activities in the study area.
Above: An example of a respondent's preferred landscape produced using the interactive FR LANDPREF tool.
Forest Research led the research with input from Forestry Commission Scotland who latterly became Scottish Forestry.
This research aims to assist those responsible for woodland creation in the Central Scotland Green Network area in identifying landowners and locations which offer the ‘best bets’ for new tree planting. In addition, the research seeks to inform on how communication and outreach can be tailored so as to be more effective.