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:
• Valuing the Natural Capital of Area 1 – applying i-Tree software to to highway trees on a strategic road network - The value of trees within the strategic road network has long been recognised but its only now that we have been able to quantify these benefits. EM Highway Services opted to use the i-Tree Eco software in a pilot trial to quantify the benefits provided by its soft estate. EM selected Evans Associates and Treeconomics as their partners, with additional support provided from Davey Tree Expert Company and Forest Research. The application of this technology to highway trees on a strategic road network is a world first. The i-Tree Eco survey undertaken demonstrated that the benefit of the natural capital in just the West Country (Area 1 of the Highways Network) provides £794,000 of environmental services each year.
• Determining Tree Growth in the Urban Forest – the second Trees, People and the Built Environment conference took place 2-3 April 2014 at Birmingham University. The event proceedings and individuals papers from the conference can now be found on the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ website. A paper from Treeconomics’ Kenton Rogers, along with Vicki Lawrence and Tony R Hutchings, on Determining Tree Growth in the Urban Forest can also be downloaded here.
• i-Tree Eco – Modelling the Lungs of our Cities in the UK – Pro Arb Magazine, March 2015 - Trees are often referred to as the lungs of our cities but it has been hard to quantify just how much good they do. In this article Kenton Rogers explains how the value of trees can be modelled using the i-Tree Eco software package.
• i-Tree in the UK – A Review – a seminar based on studies of i-Tree Eco projects, with talks from those involved, was led by Kenton Rogers, co-founder of Treeconomics, at the Cambridgeshire nursery of Barcham Trees in early October. The day featured seven speakers and allowed a lively exchange of views with a lecture room filled with delegates eager to understand what is happening and what has already been achieved. A summary of the day’s proceedings with feedback on each of the projects can be downloaded here.
• Determining Tree Care for Climate, Health and Wealth, Tree Care Industry Magazine – Kenton Rogers looks at saving urban trees through growth prediction.
• Using Canopy Cover for Urban Forest Management – The Axe Magazine, Autumn 2014 – in this second part of a two part article, Kenton Rogers explores what canopy cover means, the methods by which it can be assessed, and its uses.
• What is the Urban Forest and Why is it Important? The Axe Magazine, Summer 2014 – in this first part of a two part article, Treeconomics’ Kenton Rogers takes a look at what actually makes up the “Urban Forest”
• 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 and watch a news report on the project, please visit our project page.
• ICF Conference – Essential Arb: A report on the i-Tree and Treeconomics / Torbay presentations at the 2011 Institute of Chartered Foresters conference.
• The Ecologist: Torbay adopts i-Tree software that ‘puts a value on trees’ article.
• RIBA / TDAG Presentation: 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.
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.