Increased tree cover would make for a more "desirable" Lake District, survey shows

People imagine the Lake District has fewer trees than it actually does, but would prefer to see more tree cover, according to research carried out be the University of Cumbria

Borrowdale - image:Claire Rowland
Borrowdale - image:Claire Rowland

Around 600 people, both within the Lake District and further afield, gave their views on levels of woodland in the region's Borrowdale valley, via images which had been digitally altered to show differing levels of tree cover.

When asked to identify the image showing the actual level of tree cover, four out of five chose one with less tree cover that currently exists.

But when asked to choose their most "desirable" view, more than two-thirds chose photos showing more woodland than at present, with nearly half choosing the photo showing the most abundant woodland as the most desirable.

Dr Ian Convery, lecturer and researcher at the university's National School of Forestry, said: "We need to understand more fully how we want our future landscapes to look."


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