During Summer and Autumn 2018 City of Trees completed the biggest i-Tree Eco survey outside the United States, with the aim of quantifying the value of Greater Manchester’s trees and woods.
Delving deep for data
Data such as such as tree species, width, height and diameter were collected from more than 6,000 trees across Greater Manchester by a team of 57 surveyors who visited nearly 2,000 plots.
The data was fed into the i-tree software system, which processed the information to provides insightful results about the economic value of trees, trees under threat and where there is potential to plant more.
The key results are as follows:
A greenprint for GM
This data will be used to protect existing trees, as well as identifying new land for planting – assisting with initiatives such as The Northern Forest and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework - providing guidance for planners and developers.
The results will also inform the Greater Manchester Tree and Woodland Strategy, which will be published in spring 2019.
A further report will also make recommendations for managing woodlands to enhance biodiversity and create homes for wildlife especially those in serious decline.
For more information please contact Bryan Cosgrove at City of Trees – 0161 872 1660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The i-Tree Eco project All Our Trees has been supported by United Utilities, Viridor, Forestry Commission, Oglesby Charitable Trust, Environment Agency, Salford City Council, Woodland Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Greater Manchester Forest Partnership and The Greater Manchester Combined Authority