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George Murrell joined Forest Research in July 2023. Before joining Forest Research, George completed both a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey. George has interests in the use of psychological interventions to encourage pro-environmental behaviour change and how multi-sensory experiences in different environments impact human health and wellbeing. Related to these research interests, George recently completed his MSc thesis which explored the links between natural and anthropogenic soundscapes, psychological restoration and intentions to act pro-environmentally, using quantitative and experimental research methods. George is keen to continue researching how spending time in nature can deliver psychological benefits and how this might affect individuals’ environmental behaviours.

At Forest Research, George is working on a number of projects, including a longitudinal exploration of the social benefits of local tree-planting, an evaluation of the Active Forests programme,  the evaluation of the Trees and Woodland Strategy toolkit and core programme 3.

Social Scientist
Society and environment research group (SERG)

Alice Holt

Related Publications


Trees and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

A secondary analysis of data from an online, UK representative survey, in-depth interviews and photo elicitation was used to investigate the terms people use to describe trees and places with trees, the importance of trees to perceptions of naturalness and nature connection, and whether trees were associated with greater wellbeing.


Peer reviewed journal articles

White, E. V., Golding, S. E., Gatersleben, B., Scarles, C., Wyles, K. J., Murrell, G., & Xu, S. (2023).
Trees and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic (Research Report No. 2). Retrieved from the Forest Research website: Trees-wellbeing-during-the-Covid-19-pandemic.pdf (

Gatersleben, B., Murrell, G., & Geusen, J. (2023). Evaluating the effectiveness of pro-environmental behaviour change interventions: a review of reviews. 10.4337/9781800882133.00010.

Xu, S., Murrell, G., Golding, S. E., Brockett, B. F. T., Gatersleben, B., Scarles, C., White, E. V., Willis, C., & Wyles, K. J. (2021). #Springwatch #WildMorningswithChris: Engaging With Nature via Social Media and Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Lockdown. Frontiers in Psychology, 12.

White, E. V., Gatersleben, B., Wyles, K. J., Murrell, G., Golding, S. E., Scarles, C., & Xu, S. (2021). Gardens and wellbeing during the first UK Covid-19 lockdown (Research Report No. 1). Retrieved from the EPRG website: garden-report.pdf (

Gatersleben, B., White, E., Wyles, K.J., Golding, S.E., Murrell, G., Scarles, C., Xu, T., Brockett, B.F.T., Willis, C. (2024). Everyday places to get away – Lessons learned from Covid-19 lockdowns. Landscape and Urban Planning 246, 105026.