Forestry and Natural Flood Management
Current research into the role of forestry in natural flood management
Research to ensure forest practices do not compromise soil sustainability, and to investigate effects of pollutant deposition and climate change on soil acidification and nutrient supply.
Lowland native woodlands
Research into the management of broadleaved woodland in the lowland areas of Great Britain
Valuing the Mental Health Benefits of Forestry – Phase 2
This research presents an estimate of the mental health benefits associated with the UK’s woodlands, using an approach valuing woodland through reduced prevalence of mental illnesses. Indicative estimates are derived for potential inclusion of mental health benefits in UK natural capital accounts and for use in project and policy appraisal.
Why society needs nature - Lessons from research during Covid-19
The Covid-19 Pandemic and associated ‘lockdown’ restrictions in 2020 impacted people’s lives in many ways, including how often people visited nature and their experiences of it. This report concerns how people visited green and blue natural spaces and their experiences of this during 2020.
Modelling scenarios for woodland expansion in Scotland
A model was developed to represent the environment of Scotland, including its many different types of land managers and their views about woodland creation. By representing alternative scenarios in the model, the research explored how each set of choices might affect the benefits we get from the environment over the next 100 years and the contribution to woodland cover targets.
Valuing mental health benefits of forests
This research examines approaches to valuation of the mental health benefits of forests and proposes how monetary valuation of these benefits can be developed further. It examines metrics to quantify mental health impacts, methodologies to value changes in these and potential for incorporating associated values into natural capital accounting
Attitudes to Woodland Expansion in Southern Scotland
A review of the methods available for eliciting local attitudes to woodland expansion (or other land use change), and findings from an attitudinal study in Southern Scotland.
Understanding stakeholder visions for woodland expansion in Scotland
The development of stakeholder visions for woodland expansion in Scotland from analysing organisational documents, workshops and interviews.
Exploring land manager views of payments for ecosystem services, networks and learning
Research exploring evidence for land manager perceptions and understandings of the concept of payments for ecosystem services, the use of formal and informal networks and the ways in which land managers learn from others.