These six major research projects will explore the most effective ways to expand the UK’s trees, hedgerows, woodlands and forests in rural and urban settings.
These interdisciplinary studies have received a share of £3 million funding over the next two years from UK Research and Innovation. Each project will improve our understanding of the composition of treescapes in the UK, and their value to people and the planet. The research will also support the Government’s ambition to increase tree cover across the country.
DiversiTree will provide woodland managers with knowledge and tools to increase the resilience of their woodlands.
STAND will investigate how national treescape policies can work on a local and community level, and the barriers to their success.
iDeer will co-develop a web-based tool that will map the risk of woodland and farmland damage caused by deer.
This study will investigate the growing of trees alongside crop and livestock farming on the same land, in rural areas and surrounding towns and cities in the UK.
FARM TREE will build on existing agroforestry initiatives and develop practical tools for farmers to enhance the expansion of trees on agricultural land.
This study will investigate a range of approaches to woodland expansion, including tree planting and allowing trees to colonise new areas naturally.