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Good urban forest practice in London

The Forestry Commission has produced our own guidance and helped other organisations with their guidance to promote the good management of urban trees and woodlands.

There is a range of urban forestry guidance that is relevant across England, available from our national urban forestry webpage. The national urban forestry webpage also includes the Urban Forest vision.

Making Woodlands Work – London evidence base

A study was conducted in 2015 to better understand the condition of London’s woodlands and identify opportunities to increase the level of sustainable management. This was done through mapping work, a survey and workshops that generated feedback from the majority of London’s Boroughs plus other key landowners.

The study identified a lack of management in many woodlands so their social, environmental and economic potential is not being fully realised. The evidence highlights the need for collaboration at landscape scale, application of sustainable woodland management principles, advocacy of the benefits of active management, and innovative approaches to urban woodland management such as community involvement and market development.

Making London’s Woodlands Work - Evidence Base

The full report can be found on the Lantern website and here is a summary

London woodland management guidelines

London i-Tree Eco Project

There is a variety of urban forest valuation systems – some detailed on the national urban forestry webpages – and in London we have been involved in the London i-Tree Eco Project. The project involved the survey (by trained volunteers) of London’s trees to measure and value the ecosystem service benefits they provide e.g. air pollution removal, carbon storage. Further details, including a downloadable copy of the report and summary leaflet, can be found on the London i-Tree Eco Project webpage.

Last updated: 19th January 2017