Urban tree research agenda consultation goes online

Plans for formalising a research agenda on urban trees to present to the Government have taken a step forward with the launch of an industry-wide consultation.

The online consultation on urban tree research will also feed into the development of a major arboricultural conference in 2011.

A steering group, including the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), Forestry Commission, Arboricultural Association and National Association of Tree Officers, is planning the push on urban tree research. Others involved include the Trees & Design Action Group and Ancient Tree Forum.

Trees in Towns II author Mark Johnston, who is co-ordinating the work, explained: "Everyone concerned about our urban trees and the built environment is urged to complete the survey. The results will help to develop the Urban Trees Research Conference programme and highlight research priorities."

The conference, which is being hosted by the ICF, will focus on research that has already been carried out, studies that are now being made now and research that is still needed to protect and promote trees in the urban environment.

"In advance of the conference we want to develop people's ideas about the research framework," added Johnston.

"Everyone is welcome to make their contribution and we particularly want people from the tree and landscape sectors to respond, but also architects, engineers and planners. The better responses we get, the more balanced a research agenda we can formulate."

- The survey takes around 15 minutes to complete and will close on 30 April. Email mjohnston@ myerscough.ac.uk for a web link.

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