iTree Bristol & the Bristol Tree Strategy

iTree Bristol & the Bristol Tree Strategy

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 needs volunteers to survey 200 tree plots across our great city. 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 spring and/ or summer 2018. We will provide training and support and the first training event will be held at Ashton Court on Sunday May 13th 10:00- 12:30, so please click Contact Us below to register your interest in this or a future event and we will be back in touch shortly. 

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

Contact us here to register your interest in volunteering to help survey some of Bristol's trees. We will get back to you with details of the survey, training and support.   

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.