The benefits of our green infrastructure and natural capital are being appreciated more and more. Some examples of case studies, articles and papers we are or have been involved with include:
• i-Tree Eco UK Forum – Treeconomics and Forest Research set up a meeting at the recent Amenity Arboriculture conference to discuss improving the functionality of i-Tree Eco and explore the set up of a forum / steering group to guide the development of i-Tree Eco in the UK. This work is currently ongoing and we welcome additional contributions – read more…
• London i-Tree Assessment – The Forestry Commission and the Greater London Authority are committed to undertaking a London i-Tree assessment in London over the summer of 2014. As London is the largest urban forest in the world, the project will be the largest i-Tree assessment of any city region any where in the world. It will also be unique in that it aims to engage a wide range of stakeholders beyond the usual suspects and involve volunteers for the data-collection exercise
• Trees in the Townscape – a Guide for Decision Makers – developed by the Trees and Design Action Group (of which Kenton Rogers is a member), the Trees in the Townscape Guide offers a comprehensive set of 12 action-oriented principles which can be adapted to the unique context of your own town or city to provide a roadmap for trees in a 21st century context. Each principle is fully supported by explanations of delivery mechanisms, examples of the principle in practice and links to further references.
• Green Infrastructure – Valuation Tools Assessment – Natural England published this report in September 2013, which was commissioned to draw together a number of the most widely used tools and assess them against research standards for natural science and economics. In the report, i-Tree is judged as fit for purpose.
• Independent Panel on Forestry – Final Report – The report (commissioned to advise the Government on the future of England’s forests and woodlands) calls for the benefits of England’s woods and forests to be re-valued for all the services they provide. These include not only areas for recreation, but also clean air, clean water, habitats for wildlife, locking up carbon, shading in cities – even helping in flood reduction. Treeconomics’ Torbay project was highlighted in the report and shows how i-Tree can help you manage your woodlands and access funding for this purpose.
• Torbay’s Urban Forest – Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values - Treeconomics has now published the full report on the findings from the i-Tree Eco pilot project in Torbay. The results demonstrate that the tree stocks of even a medium-sized local authority can represent a significant structural and environmental asset. To download a copy of the report, please click here.
A report on the i-Tree and Treeconomics / Torbay presentations at the 2011 Institute of Chartered Foresters conference.
Torbay adopts i-Tree software that ‘puts a value on trees’ article.
A copy of the presentation given by Kenton of Treeconomics at the Canopy event, jointly organised by RIBA Knowledge Community for Urban Trees and the Tree Design & Action Group can be downloaded by clicking here.
An article which appeared in Tree News outlining the Torbay project can be downloaded by clicking here.
We hope that you found the above reference materials useful. If you have any resulting questions or enquiries or you need further information, then please do not hesitate to contact us.