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Do trees reduce stress and improve health?

As part of Forestry Commission England’s Methuselah initiative to develop a framework for monitoring the impacts of greenspace, Forest Research spent three years evaluating the social benefits of three flagship Forestry Commission sites using nine quality of life indicators.


Ended: 2011

Findings and Recommendations

  • Development of an evaluation framework and benchmark methodology to describe the contribution woodland has on quality of life
  • Baseline data for subsequent quality of life evaluations
  • Evidence that the use of woodland, the engagement of users and the quality of a visitor’s experience all contribute to quality of life
  • Evidence to evaluate Forestry Commission England’s performance against targets published in its Corporate Plan (2008-2011)

Diagram showing research and monitoring methods



Morris, J., Doick, K. & Cross, D. (2011). The Contribution of Woods, Trees and Forests to Quality of Life. Forest Research Final Report


Kieron Doick

Jake Morris


Funding & partners
  • Forestry Commission England