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Riparian woodland creation to improve and protect the freshwater environment

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Home research Forestry and Freshwater Ecology Riparian woodland creation to improve and protect the freshwater environment

Targetted woodland creation can sigficantly improve water quality. Woodland planting along watercourses replaces the agricultural activities in areas that typically form the main source zones for diffuse pollutants. Riparian woodland planting is an effective intervention to buffer the effects of the polluting agricultural activity in the wider catchment.

Research objectives

Quantify the effectivenss of riparian woodland creation as a measure to improve water quality.

  • PESFOR-W review
  • Woodland creation for clean water

Identify options to target effctive woodland creation to improve freshwater ecology in case study catchments

  • A tree strategy for River Avon and River Frome

Support national intitiatives to encourage riparian woodland creation

  • The Riverwoods project is a new partnership focused on woodland creation to expand the national riparian woodland network and ensure healthy, resilient river systems throughout Scotland. The project is led by Scottish Wildlife Trust, Forest Research is a memener of the project board
  • Keeping Rivers Cool
  • Land use change project