This project will gather evidence to better understand the social and cultural value of Trees outside Woodlands in peri-urban and rural areas (ToWPUR). ToWPUR make up a large proportion of woodland cover in England (~30%) yet remain an understudied part of English treescapes.
The England Tree Planting Programme (ETPP) looks set to dramatically change the rate of woodland creation and expansion in coming years. By addressing the evidence gap around public values and ToWPUR, this research will support the ambitions of the ETPP while feeding into a variety of policy aims relating to the societal benefits and impact of tree-planting.
This is year one of a 2.5 year project and is set to finish in March 2025.
We are currently summarising existing evidence and forming the research methodology. We are pooling existing evidence using a variety of interdisciplinary methods, including:
This evidence will be used to develop a prototype value framework that will be tested in the next stage of the project.
Forest Research is leading this research project and working in collaboration with Defra.
The Project Advisory Group includes:
How do contemporary Great British attitudes to urban trees vary between locality, individuals and communities with different socio-demographic backgrounds? Forest Research aims to investigate this through a rapid evidence review, a national questionnaire and a series of focus groups.