iTree Bristol & the Bristol Tree Action Plan

iTree Bristol & the Bristol Tree Action Plan

iTree Bristol is a new project providing a great opportunity to be personally involved in a campaign to care for the city's existing trees and woodlands and to plant many more of them. By surveying 200 plots across the city, iTree  Bristol will describe the city's urban forest and the many benefits it provides. The iTree model is nationally and internationally recognised and results of the survey will inform the forthcoming Bristol Tree Strategy, setting out priorities and a funding strategy for the Bristol's trees in to the future.   

iTree Bristol is working with 30 volunteers to survey 200 tree plots across our great city. As the survey progresses, there may be opportunities for additional people to volunteer: you do not need to be an expert, just have an interest in trees and have some time to do a number of surveys in summer 2018. We will provide training, equipment and support. If you would like to be included on the 'reserve list' then go to Contact Us below to register your interest. 

iTree Bristol is supported by the Forest of Avon Trust working with Bristol City Council, the Woodland Trust, Bristol Tree Forum and Forestry Commission SW. This core group will also be working with organisations and individuals across the city to produce the Bristol Tree Action Plan. 

Whether you can spare the time to get involved in iTree Bristol or not, if you love the city's many and varied trees, join many others and take a selfie with a tree and post it on Twitter #TalkingTreesBristol

As plans for the Bristol Tree Action Plan develop, more information will be provided here, via our Twitter account and through the Bristol Tree Forum blog.

Become an iTree Volunteer and Help Shape the Future of Bristol's Trees

We currently have enough volunteers for iTree Bristol, but please contact us here to register your interest should we need any more. 

iTree Eco Background

iTree Eco has been widely and successfully used in the USA and is a robust valuation model for the range of environmental services provided by trees. In Britain, it was first used in Torbay in 2011, with its application quickly widening and informing tree care budgets and investment decisions in cities including Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

iTree Eco North Somerset

In 2013, North Somerset Council commissioned the Forest of Avon Trust to deliver the second iTree Eco survey in Britain and the first to use volunteers for data collection. This involved a core group of 12 volunteers surveying 169 randomly generated plots across the authority. A detailed report set out a number of important findings including that North Somerset’s trees remove harmful pollutants (CO, NO2, O3, PM10, PM2.5, SO2), with an annual average value of £1,703,650: a significant contribution to the quality of life of residents.  

The North Somerset iTree Eco study has helped make a strong case for tree care budgets at a time of significant funding cuts in North Somerset. It also provided a highly effective way for the Council to engage and galvanise local people in taking practical action to care for it’s trees.  

iTree Scope & Costs

The latest version of iTree Eco (6) generates an even wider range of data on the environmental services provided by an area’s tree and also information on tree health and predicted responses to pests and climate change. iTree Bristol will use this latest version of the model.

For local authorities iTree Eco 6 can inform decision making and financial planning at a time growing pressure on budgets and also Government requirements to manage NOx and other pollutants. It also provide a positive and effective way to engage and involve local people. For utilities, iTree Eco 6 can also further quantify the sustainability of their estate.

We are proud to have delivered iTree North Somerset and iTree Bristol, both with a strong community dimension, so please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing: jonclark@forestofavontrust.org