Burton i-Tree Eco Report

Report Summary

Individual trees and woodlands in towns, including street and garden trees, trees in open spaces, woodlands and hedgerows make up the urban forest. Urban forests provide a wide variety of benefits to communities and the local economy, such as cleaner air, resilience to climate change, enhanced biodiversity and a more attractive place to live.

This study aimed to investigate the benefits delivered by the urban forest in a Staffordshire town. It is hoped that this study – a first for Staffordshire – will inspire other communities to explore their urban forests. The study area was Burton upon Trent in East Staffordshire, which lies within The National Forest.

The study used a methodology called i-Tree Eco, which has been used both in the UK and internationally to evaluate the benefits of urban forests, assigning financial values where appropriate. The study was based on a survey of 250 randomised plots, stratified against deprivation data. Plots of 0.04 hectares (400m2) were surveyed by trained volunteers in August -September 2016. Survey data was entered into i-Tree Eco software to establish a quantitative baseline of the structure and value of Burton’s urban forest for setting objectives and monitoring progress.

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