The Urban Forest Research Group undertakes research into the structure, composition, and value of trees in towns and cities in the UK.
The urban forest comprises all the trees in the urban realm - in public and private spaces, along linear routes and waterways and in amenity areas. It contributes to green infrastructure and the wider urban ecosystem.
For more information about the urban forest, the benefits it provides, and its resilience, please visit the Urban forestry guidance page.
Introducing England's urban forests defines and describes the urban forest in England. It was written on behalf of the Urban Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee (FWAC) Network and is available in the Downloads section, below.
For an overview of the group and our activities please download the Urban Forest Research Group document from the Downloads section, below.
The Urban Forest Research Group works to address the following knowledge gaps:
- What is the current structure, composition and arrangement of UK urban forests?
- What are the key factors that contribute to resilience of UK urban forests to the effects of climate change?
- What are the benefits provided by urban forests, how may they be optimised within a city and how does the provision of benefits vary across the UK?
- What is the economic value of urban forests in the UK?
- i-Tree Eco services provided by Forest Research
- Details of completed and ongoing i-Tree Eco studies in the UK
- Scientific research to inform the model components of i-Tree Eco
- i-Tree Eco evaluation
- UK urban canopy cover
- Resilience of urban trees to a changing climate
- The role of urban trees and greenspaces in urban climate regulation
- Cooling effect of street trees in Bristol
- Individual Tree Data Standard
- Selecting urban trees for ecosystem service provision
The Urban Forest Research Group also houses the Forestry Commission's Centre of Excellence for brownfield regeneration to woodland and open green space.
Active Research Projects
i-Tree Eco Cambridge: Surveying for this i-Tree Eco project has been completed and the results will be published in 2021.
i-Tree Eco Belfast: This i-Tree Eco project, in partnership with Treeconomics, is part of Belfast's One Million Trees Initiative
Individual Tree Data Standard: In partnership with the Open University and Treework Environmental Practice Forest Research has developed a new standard for collecting and recording data about individual trees
Our Latest Publications
Hand, K. and Doick, K. J. (2021) Selecting urban trees for ecosystem service provision. Forest Research In Brief.
Vaz Monteiro, M. and Doick, K. J. (2021) Trees, grenspace and urban cooling. Forest Research In Brief.
Doick, K., Buckland, A., and Clarke, T. (2020) Historic Urban Tree Canopy Cover of Great Britain. Forests, 11(10), 1049
Hand, K., Doick, K. and Moss, J. (2019) Ecosystem service delivery by small and medium stature urban trees. Forest Research Research Report
Hand, K., Doick, K. and Moss, J. (2019) Ecosystem service delivery by large stature urban trees. Forest Research Research Report
Vaz Monteiro, M., Handley, P. and Doick, K. (2019) An insight to the current state and sustainability of urban forests across Great Britain based on i-Tree Eco surveys. Forestry, 93(1), 107-123
Vaz Monteiro, M., Handley, P. and Doick, K. (2016) Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 19, 223-236
Kathryn's PhD project, Building the evidence base for benefits of trees using citizen science, is a NERC CENTA studenship at the Open University, additionally supported by Forest Research. Kieron Doick is an industrial supervisor.
Dean's PhD project, The role of urban tree species, health and vigour in their delivery of ecosystem services, is supported by the University of the West of England, GreenBlue Urban Ltd, and Forest Research. Kieron Doick is an industrial supervisor.
Philip's PhD project, Optimising survey plot numbers for calculating urban tree population estimates through statistical modelling, is supported by the University of Southampton, Scottish Forestry Trust, Forestry Commission and Forest Research. Kieron Doick is an industrial supervisor.
We collaborate with:
- Open University
- Reading University
- University of Southampton
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of Surrey
- Myerscough College
- Slovenian Forestry Institute
We work in partnership with:
- Arboricultural Association
- London Tree Officers' Association
- Royal Horticultural Society
- Trees for Cities
- Thames Chase Trust
We are members of: