The project aims to extend the impact of the Branching Out initiative by enhancing the understanding of social and cultural (S&C) values associated with urban treescapes. It intends to develop practical tools and methods for local authorities and community groups to integrate these values into decision-making regarding tree management and expansion.
Branching Beyond is an innovative endeavour building on the Branching Out project, which focuses on valuing urban treescapes.
This new phase seeks to amplify and broaden the impact by extending the reach to new urban landscapes (Camden and Edinburgh). It aims to empower local authorities and community groups with practical tools to appreciate, integrate and leverage social and cultural values connected with urban trees.
At its core, Branching Beyond is a concerted effort to bridge the gap between technical assessments and the intricate tapestry of social and cultural values inherent in urban treescapes. Through collaborative efforts and innovative approaches, the project seeks to revolutionize the way urban green spaces are perceived, managed, and cherished.
Jasper Kenter, Aberystwyth University
The project involves a multidisciplinary team comprising natural and social scientists, humanities scholars, key partners from different cities (Camden, Edinburgh), the Local Government Association and various academic institutions, including the University of York and Loughborough University.