An article from the Guardian’s Patrick Barkham reflecting on the August 2015 conflict over the management of mature urban trees in Sheffield. The article draws together evidence of the economic and health benefits of urban trees.

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/aug/15/treeconomics-street-trees-cities-sheffield-itree

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Other very useful resources include the link to the i-tree tool.... you can download GIS layers of surveyed info; community groups can use the tool run their own inventory campaign! https://www.itreetools.org/mobile/.

The Terrapin group have some excellent publications on the broader benefits of biophilic design: http://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/publications/. See especially "Economics of Biophilia" http://www.walkinspired.com/uploads/6/5/8/9/6589178/__________________________________the-economics-of-biophilia_terrapin-bright-green-2012e.pdf.

Readers may also be interested in this group: http://www.tdag.org.uk/

And this funding opportunity if local groups want to increase tree cover in their own areas: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/
26th October 2015, 2:16 pm
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Helpful summary of value of street trees
Patrick Barkham sums up the wealth of research around the value of street and urban trees: a pity more local authorities don't recognise their economic value to a place as well as their social value
25th October 2015, 11:11 pm
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A useful current issues in urban trees article
A fair resume of the benefits and challenges associated with urban trees.
24th October 2015, 12:48 pm
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Well-researched article.
Patrick Barkham first wrote about urban trees in an article called 'Chainsaw Massacre' following the London Assembly's investigation into street trees in 2007. This is a welcome return to the subject and he has drawn on informed sources, many of who belong to the Trees and Design Action Group, who are able to provide evidence based research.
24th October 2015, 11:51 am
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Interesting comparison of experiences
A useful summary of some of the debates around trees in towns, inspired by activism in Sheffield.
24th October 2015, 11:30 am
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