Aim:

To accelerate the impact of NERC-funded treescapes research. This project focuses on investigating the application of ongoing research in the Chilterns woodlands and scaling up these findings to a national level.

Funding Amount:

£76k

Project Summary:

Expansion and Resilience in the Chiltern Hills and Beyond

Driven by academics and NGO officers, this project aims to connect research discoveries with practical applications in the Chilterns’ woodland landscape. By uniting researchers with NGOs, conservationists and local land managers, the project intends to explore and apply treescapes research in collaboration with stakeholders.

Operating through three interconnected stages, the project starts by identifying specific knowledge gaps and challenges in Chilterns’ treescapes. This involves understanding sustainability amidst changing climates, wildlife impact on woodland growth, and the extension of natural corridors into agricultural areas.

Next, it refines these findings by involving Chilterns’ farmers, land managers, and conservation groups. Through workshops and on-site visits, the project seeks feedback and insights to ensure the relevance and practicality of treescapes research in local settings.

Finally, the project scales up its discoveries for broader treescapes applications across the UK’s other wooded landscapes. It aims to share successful strategies, supporting the resilience and growth of UK treescapes for the wider benefit of the environment and society.

HOW?

This project’s approach combines meticulous research with stakeholder engagement and a structured scaling-up process. It facilitates collaboration between treescapes researchers at the University of Reading and the Chilterns Conservation Board, promoting dynamic interactions between research outcomes and practical solutions.

The project adopts a “Design Thinking” approach, involving workshops, on-site visits, and interactive sessions to exchange ideas and develop practical solutions. It prioritizes close collaboration between researchers and stakeholders to ensure the applicability of research in real-world scenarios.

By synthesizing outputs into accessible formats like visual infographics and an online knowledge hub, the project aims to offer practical guidance derived from both research and stakeholder inputs. These resources form a structured toolkit to aid in treescapes management.

Moreover, the project builds connections between stakeholders, leveraging existing networks to disseminate outcomes and promote successful treescapes management strategies.

Ultimately, the project aims to empower stakeholders with actionable knowledge, enhancing the resilience and protection of UK treescapes. Through rigorous knowledge exchange, it bridges the gap between research and implementation, fostering a more comprehensive understanding and effective management of treescapes nationwide. This initiative sets the stage for a sustainable treescapes strategy that benefits both the environment and society.

STATUS: Ongoing

Project Lead

Dr Paddy Bullard, University of Reading

Contributors

University of Reading