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Societal benefits and governance of trees, woods and forests - commissioned reports



Date:
2011
Title: A contribution to the evidence base for evaluating health interventions in natural environment settings
Authors: Aileen Marshall Brown and Lucy Johnston with Margaret Currie and Sarah-Anne Munoz
Full Report: PDF
Executive Summary: PDF

Summary

This report reviews the research methods and approaches used to evaluate UK–based health interventions and programmes that are in, use, or seek to change the natural environment. It develops work established through the Outdoors and Health Network (OHN).



Date: 2010
Title: Social diversity in the forestry profession
Authors: Bianca Ambrose-Oji
Full Report: PDF


Summary
Research report into employing a social marketing approach to investigating and planning interventions designed to change the behaviour of people looking for work. Specifically, the application behaviour of Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in future Forestry Commission recruitments, to see increasing numbers of applications from them.


Date: 2010
Title: Urban health and health inequalities and the role of urban forestry in Britain: A review
Authors: Liz O’Brien, Kathryn Williams (University of Melbourne) and Amy Stewart.
Full Report: PDF

Summary
This literature review (2010) explores urban health issues and health inequalities and identifies the links between trees, woods and forests and health in urban populations. It outlines current gaps in research and identifies potential opportunities for the Forestry Commission in England, Scotland and Wales to focus on health and well-being in urban areas.


Date: 2009
Title: Social benefits from the Forestry Commission Public Forest Estate in England: review of current
        evidence
Authors: Anna Lawrence, Claudia Carter, Liz O’Brien and Rebecca Lovell.
Full Report: PDF

Summary
A review of the Forestry Commission's estate in England as part of a study to show how the estate contributes to society today and how it might sustainably serve society's long-term needs.



Date: 2009
Title: Social research and the Forestry Commission: Perceptions and applications
Authors: Mariella Marzano, Anna Lawrence and Bianca Ambrose-Oji
Full Report: PDF

Summary
Report from study that addressed how the knowledge and understanding of social research affects policy, planning, practice and outcomes within the Forestry Commission.


Date: 2009
Title: The Forestry Commission Public Forest Estate in England: Social use, value and expectations
Authors: Claudia Carter, Anna Lawrence, Rebecca Lovell and Liz O’Brien
Full Report: PDF
Summary Report: PDF

Summary
This study was undertaken to provide evidence of the public value of the Forestry Commission Public Forest Estate in England and establish whether people have different perceptions and expectations of publicly owned forests compared to those in other forms of ownership.


Date: 2009
Title: Active England evaluation reports
Authors: Liz O’Brien and Jake Morris
Full Report: PDF
Summary Report: PDF
Individual Site Reports:
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
Great Western Community Forest
Greenwood Community Forest
Haldon Forest Park
Rosliston Forestry Centre

Summary
The Active England programme aimed to increase community participation in sport and physical activity across England. Forest Research contributed to the monitoring and evaluation of five projects that focused on increasing activity levels in woodlands and greenspace.

There is a report for each individual project, a short summary report that brings together the key findings from each project and a full report that provides an overview and analysis of the research across the five Active England projects.


Date: 2008
Title: Offenders and Nature - Policy into Practice. Employment of ex-offenders: an innovative
        approach.
Authors: Claudia Carter
Full Report: PDF


Date: 2008
Title: TreeGeneration: A review of the urban forestry pilot project for North East Wales
Authors: Social and Economic Research Group, Forest Research 
Full Report: PDF

Summary
Review of pilot project promoting a substantial increase in the planting of new trees and woodlands in urban environments in counties of Wrexham and Flintshire to determine the potential for a national urban forestry initiative for Wales.


Date: 2008
Title: Environmental volunteering: motivations, barriers and benefits
Authors: Liz O’Brien (Forest Research) and Mardie Townsend and Matthew Ebden (Deakin
             University Australia). 
Full Report: PDF


Date: 2008
Title: Payments for ecosystems services
Authors: Gregory Valatin (Forst Research) and Jenna Coull (Forestry Commission)
Full Report: PDF
Summary Report: PDF

Summary
Ecosystem services have traditionally been regarded as ‘free goods’ and there is a lack of incentives to protect them. Payments for Ecosystem Services attempt to rectify this, often through market mechanisms. The use of these schemes has become more widespread particularly in the USA and some developing countries.


Date: 2007
Title: New Pathways to health and Well-being: Summary of research to understand and overcome
        barriers to accessing woodland
Authors: Sue Weldon and Cathy Bailey in collaboration with Liz O’Brien
Full Report: PDF


Date: 2007
Title: New Pathways to health and Well-being in Scotland: Research to understand and overcome
        barriers to accessing woodland
Authors: Sue Weldon and Cathy Bailey in collaboration with Liz O’Brien
Full Report: PDF


Date: 2007
Title: Offenders and Nature - Helping People, Helping Nature
Authors: Claudia Carter, with contributions from Judith Hanna (Natural England).
Full Report: PDF 

Summary
Summary Report on 'Offenders and Nature' Schemes. These involve those serving a sentence in custody or in the community working as volunteers on nature conservation and woodland sites. 


Date: 2006
Title: "Strengthening Heart and Mind”: Using Woodlands to Improve Mental and Physical Well-being
Authors: Liz O'Brien
Full Report: PDF

Summary
Article from Unasylva - Forests and human health. Issue 224 (Volume 57, 2006/2), a publication of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.


Date: 2004
Title: Involving people in forestry: a toolbox for public involvement in forest and woodland planning
Authors: Paul Tabbush, Liz O’Brien, Max Hislop and Suzanne Martin
Full Report: Product information and downloads

Summary
This aims to assist forest and woodland managers when planning for public involvement, and when considering which tools they could use to include people in forest or woodland planning.

Comprises an introductory booklet, a toolsheets contents page and 50 individual toolsheets. These components are available to download as PDF files.


Date: 2003
Title: Social science in forestry
Authors: Paul Tabbush, Liz O’Brien, Max Hislop and Suzanne Martin
Full Report: PDF

Summary
An introductory paper to the concept of ‘Social Forestry’.


Date: 2001
Title: Social Forestry: questions and issues
Authors: Compiled by Elizabeth O'Brien
Full Report: PDF

Summary
This publication contains the presentations given by Forest Enterprise, Forest Research and Forestry Commission speakers and the contributions made by all delegates in workshop discussion groups which focused on quality of life issues, stakeholders and their importance and social sustainability.