Data recorded in the volunteer surveys in summer 2018, has now been processed through the iTree Eco 6 model. Results show that each year trees in Bristol provide environmental services worth around £2.7 million, removing about 100 tonnes of air pollution, reducing flood risk by soaking up some 90,000m3 of water and removing 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emission of about 9,000 cars. They also deliver many other services benefiting our quality life: download summaries of the results in the panel below.
iTree Bristol is supported by the Forest of Avon Trust, Bristol City Council, the Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission SW and Bristol Tree Forum.
Action Plan for Bristol's Urban Forest
Bristol’s canopy cover is currently around 12%, but experts believe that the figure needs to increase substantially to help us combat climate change and air pollution, protect biodiversity and promote health and wellbeing. Bristol’s One City Plan, published in January 2019, is calling for tree canopy cover to be doubled by 2046. The Forest of Avon Plan: A Tree and Woodland Strategy for the West of England sets out an action plan for trees and woodlands across the West of England including Bristol City. The Forest of Avon Trust is working with Bristol City Council, the Woodland Trust and the Bristol Tree Forum to achieve doubling tree cover and many other goals to restore and protect Bristol's trees.
Critical to this process is the involvement of people across the city: the One City Plan whilst rightly ambitious, could be achieved if everyone in Bristol planted just three trees!