Urban tree canopy cover comparison tool goes live online

A new website has been launched allowing users to check tree canopy cover statistics for their area and upload canopy cover data of their own.

Image: Urban Tree Cover
Image: Urban Tree Cover

Developed and led by consultancy Treeconomics with support from government agency Forest Research and amenity tree supplier Barcham Trees, urbantreecover.org is intended to help decision makers understand urban forest resources, particularly the amount of tree canopy which is currently present and which could be created.

The website currently hosts tree cover data from 12 urban areas of the UK, and shows tree cover ranging from 12 per cent in Torbay, where Treeconomics undertook the UK's first i-Tree Eco survey in 2011, to 23 per cent in Birmingham.

Treeconomics is running a workshop on 19 June at The Royal Geographical Society, London, giving an introduction to canopy cover, familiarisation with different methods for assessing it, practical demonstrations and an introduction on interpretation and use of canopy data.

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