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Phillip Handley

BSc, MSc

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GIS Specialist

Phillip develops GIS tools and models to support the groups’ work on urban trees and greenspaces; with a specific focus on ecosystem service delivery.

Phillip studied Physical Geography (BSc (Hons)) at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management (MSc) at King’s College London. Phillip joined Forest Research in 2006 as a GIS and Spatial Ecology Analyst using GIS to evaluate biodiversity in a fragmented landscape. In 2014 he transferred to the Urban Forest Reseach Group (UFoRG).

Ecosystem services delivery
Woodland resilience

GIS Specialist
Urban forests

Forest Research

Alice Holt Lodge


Surrey GU10 4LH


Related Publications


An insight to the current state and sustainability of urban forests across Great Britain based on i-Tree Eco surveys

Research into the sustainability of 12 urban forests across Great Britain, and recommendation of a framework to rate sustainability of urban trees.



The role of urban trees and greenspaces in reducing urban air temperatures

This Research Note describes the negative impact that elevated urban temperatures can have on human thermal comfort and health and how urban green infrastructure can help lessen this impact.

Delivery of ecosystem services by urban forests

This Research Report looks at a broad range of urban forest-based ecosystem services and disservices and, using a literature review, links their provision with four aspects of urban forests (physical scale, physical structure and context in terms of location and proximity to people and land use and ownership). A key objective of this report is […]

Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain

Tree allometry describes the relationships between tree biometric variables, such as tree diameter, height and crown width. Understanding of these relationships helps urban foresters to assess many of the economic and ecological benefits (e.g. carbon storage, rainwater interception and regulation of temperatures) provided by trees, such as through the use of the urban forest management […]

Other Research


Mapping and valuing the UK’s Urban Forest

Developing a UK calibrated version of the i-Tree Eco model.
Supporting the initiation, delivery and reporting of i-Tree Eco and i-Tree Canopy projects.
Developing the Treezilla website through the ViTAL project.
Resilience of urban forests

Using existing datasets to inform on the extent and composition of urban forests.
Comparing the spatial configuration of urban forests and risks.
The role of trees and greenspaces in urban climate regulation

Using experimental data to create models of urban cooling by trees.

Peer reviewed journal articles

Doick, K.J., Davies, H.J., Moss, J., Coventry, R., Handley, P., Vaz Monteiro, M., Rogers, K. and Simpkin, P. (2017). The Canopy Cover of England’s Towns and Cities: baselining and setting targets to improve human health and well-being. Conference Proceedings of TPBEIII. Urban Trees Research Conference. 5-6th April 2017. Institute of Chartered Foresters, Edinburgh. (In Press).

Rogers, K. Handley, P. (2017) Plymouth Policy Area Tree Canopy Cover Assessment. Treeconomics, Exeter. 55 pp.

Goodenough, J., Handley, P., Rogers, K. and Simpkin, P. (2016). Canopy Cover Assessment and Recommendations for Wycombe District. A report by Treeconomics and Forest Research to Wycombe District Council. 41 pp.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley, P. (2016). Allometric relationships for urban trees in Great Britain. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. 19, 223–236.

Vaz Monteiro, M., Doick, K.J., Handley andP., Peace, A. (2016). The impact of greenspace size on the extent of local nocturnal air temperature cooling in London. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 16, 160–169.

Watts, K. and Handley, P. (2010). Developing a functional connectivity indicator to detect change in fragmented landscapes. Ecological Indicators 10, 552-557.

Watts, K., Eycott A.E., Handley P., Ray D., Humphrey, J.W. and Quine, C.P. (2010), Targeting and evaluating biodiversity conservation action within fragmented landscapes: an approach based on generic focal species and least-cost networks. Landscape Ecology Vol.25, No. 9, 1305-1318.

Watts, K., Handley, P. and Scholefield, P. (2008) Habitat Connectivity–Developing an indicator for UK and country level reporting. Phase 1 Pilot Study contract report to Defra.