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Good urban forest practice in London

The Forestry Commission has produced its 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 webpages.

Making Woodlands Work – London evidence base

This report provides baseline information on the extent of woodland in London, the proportion of them in sustainable management and opportunities / barriers to management. It showed that many woodlands are under managed and could deliver significantly more environmental, social and economic benefit such as more wildlife, recreation and wood products. Potential solutions suggested include 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 – Summary

The full report and further details can be found on the Lantern website

London Woodland Management guidelines

Woodland management
Woodland management for bats
Social Dynamics of London’s woodlands
Woodland archaeology

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: 31st January 2018