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Kate Sparrow

MSc, MArborA

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Kate’s research focusses on understanding the structure and composition of urban forests across the UK, and the extent of ecosystem services they deliver.

Her other main area of research is concerned with the growth of trees in the urban environment, with the aims of informing future species selection and using this information to feed into predictive models.

Kate also manages the UK Canopy Cover Webmap project.

Kate studied Environmental Biology (BSc (Hons)) at the University of Plymouth.

Upon graduating, Kate worked in countryside and woodland management, and then went on to complete a part-time MSc with distinction in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry through Myerscough College.

Kate joined Forest Research in 2017 as a Research Worker in the Technical Services Unit, undertaking survey work and providing practical support to a wide range of forestry and tree-related research projects.

Kate moved to the Urban Forest Research Group in 2019 to further pursue her interest in urban trees.


  • Professional member of the Arboricultural Association
  • Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters
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Kate Sparrow

MSc, MArborA
Urban Forest Research Scientist
Urban forests


Related Research

i-Tree Eco Cambridge

i-Tree Eco study of urban trees in Cambridge.

UK Urban Canopy Cover

Urban Canopy Cover

Growth rate of trees in the urban environment

Describes research into the growth rate of trees in the urban environment in support of the i-Tree project

Other Research

Research programmes

i-Tree Eco in the UK

This project aims to facilitate the use of i-Tree Eco in the UK. i-Tree Eco is a software application to quantify the structure and environmental effects of urban trees, and calculate their value to society.

Growth and performance of novel tree species

This research is following the growth of underused but promising species currently being planted in several London boroughs including Camden, Hackney and Elephant and Castle.

UK Canopy Cover Webmap

A citizen science project to build an urban tree canopy cover map for Britain.