A new website has been established at www.urbantreecover.org where visitors can upload canopy cover information for their area and/or check canopy cover statistics. The project has been developed and led by Treeconomics with support from Forest Research and Barcham Trees.
Urban Forest Cover or Canopy is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Knowledge of canopy cover has been widely identified as one of the key initial stages in managing urban forests. After all, if you have not measured it, how can you value it and resource it?
Understanding the percentage cover is the first step in benchmarking the quantity and resulting overall benefits of trees for a particular area. The aim of a canopy cover assessment is to help decision makers understand urban forest resources, particularly the amount of tree canopy that is currently present and the amount that could be created.
Measuring canopy cover has helped city planners, urban foresters, mayors, councils, local authorities, and communities see trees and forests in a new way, focusing attention on green infrastructure as a key component of community planning, sustainability and resilience. The new website facilitates the dissemination of this information and helps to make comparison between different areas.
If you would like to know more about calculating canopy cover, Treeconomics are running a workshop, on the 19th June at The Royal Geographical Society, London. This will provide an introduction to canopy cover, familiarisation with different methods for assessing canopy cover, practical demonstrations and an introduction on interpretation and use of canopy data.
Alternatively, if you would like a calculation undertaken of the canopy cover figures for your area then please contact Treeconomics. Similarly, for any further information on the website, www.urbantreecover.org, then again please contact Treeconomics on 0845 460 4700 or by email to [email protected]