Treeconomics is the go-to organisation for the valuing of trees in towns and cities. We specialise in all aspects of urban forest management and offer a range of services, from canopy cover assessments through to comprehensive management plans.
Using software models such as i-Tree, we are able to measure the structure and composition of our trees and urban forests. Treeconomics can calculate the benefits and ecosystem services they provide, and value them in monetary terms. This provides an evidence based approach in the development of informed urban forestry programs, management plans and projects. We can deliver…
Treeconomics can analyse your existing tree inventory to help you understand and value your resource, and its societal benefits.
We provide estimates of the ecosystem services provided by your trees, including air quality improvement, avoided stormwater run-off and carbon storage, as well as detailed information on species composition, and pest and disease resilience. Treeconomics can also complete the field work to produce an initial tree inventory, should you not have an existing inventory to work from.
Tree canopy surveys
Percent canopy cover serves as a simple measure of the extent of the urban forest and the magnitude of services it provides.
How much canopy cover do you have? Where should you target new planting? The first step in reincorporating green infrastructure into a community’s planning framework is to measure urban forest canopy and set canopy goals. Treeconomics can assist you with a basic i-Tree canopy survey through to advanced GIS spatial analytics.
City sample surveys
Urban trees provide a range of beneficial services which are of particular importance in the urban environment. Treeconomics can conduct and provide sample plot surveys of large urban areas, from the scale of a London borough to the entire city.
Prices vary, as Treeconomics can provide as little or as much assistance as required, depending on your in-house expertise and the involvement of other stakeholders.
Tree planting strategies
Treeconomics is passionate about helping towns and cities to achieve the best possible results from their green infrastructure, for the people who live and work there.
Commission us to write your Tree Planting Strategy, and we will use a variety of data, including GIS, to identify hotspots for potential new tree planting. Hotspots are typically areas with low tree canopy cover, high levels of pollution, high social deprivation, or with an increased risk of flooding. We will work with you to generate a map, showing those areas most desirable for planting.
Planting trees here will provide the most benefits for your community. These can include: air pollution removal, carbon sequestration, improved social wellbeing, diversion of flooding from roads, improved biodiversity, and more…
We will calculate the potential plantable space within your town, city or neighbourhood, and offer recommendations to help you ensure that your resources are focused on the areas where they are most needed.
We can also offer recommendations to improve species diversity; this is important in order to ensure that the new urban landscape is both resilient and sustainable for future generations.
We have already created successful Tree Planting Strategies for the London Boroughs of Islington and Brent. To view some of our published reports, please click here.
Urban forest webmaps
The Webmap is a publicly available website, which displays the composition and values of a city’s urban forest for the people who live and work there.
Its aim is to provide an overview of a city’s trees, and to reveal the ecosystem services they are providing. It is interactive, and displays the results in a way that the non-arboricultural community can understand. Residents can see how much air pollution their trees are removing, how much storm water is being diverted, how much carbon is being stored, percentage canopy cover, the general condition of their trees, top species, and the amenity value of the trees. Furthermore, the site also shows potential plantable space, and it is hoped that historical tree cover and tree canopy goals will be added soon. Users can navigate and click on the map to reveal figures for their own district.
To see our pilot Webmap for the London Borough of Islington, click here.
Urban Forest Master Plans
As experts in urban forests, Treeconomics offers strategic management, planning and monitoring services to help you devise an Urban Forest Master Plan, and deliver actions meeting both local and national needs and objectives.
Our services, commencing with measurement of your urban forest assets, are available either as a complete package or selected individually, depending on your unique requirements.
Local Authority Treescapes Fund
Defra has opened round two of the Local Authority Treescapes Fund to increase tree planting and natural regeneration in non-woodland areas. The fund is part of the government’s Nature for Climate Fund and will directly contribute to achieving its ambitious tree planting targets. £5.4 million will be available through the LATF this year (2022/23) for planting trees outside of woodlands. Up to 100 grants worth £50,000 to £300,000 are expected to be made available to local authorities, working together with community groups, volunteers and NGOs.
Commission Treeconomics to complete the application on your behalf, and we will take care of the paperwork for you.
Our experts will talk to you about what you would like for your urban forest. We will advise you on the different items you could include in your bid. We will base your application on what you feel will benefit your local authority area the most, taking the hard work out of the process.
You can bid for things like new trees, protective fencing, ground preparation & community consultation. There may also be additional items you can include, and we can talk to you about these.
Tailored surveys and other services
We also offer…
- Tree diversity reports
- Tree policy reviews
- Cost benefit analysis from a single tree to the landscape scale
- Creation of bespoke tree benefit tools
- Preparation of planting plans, including advice on species selection
- Preparation of specifications for supply, planting and management of young trees
- Full audits of young trees at the end of contractual maintenance periods
- Carbon performance tree tags
- General consultancy
From data collection to achievable objectives – Treeconomics can also assist with data interpretation and goal setting, liaising with key stakeholders on the findings to develop priorities and management objectives for the urban forest, as well as forecasts of tree benefits into the future.