From ancient woodlands to the boughs that shade our busiest streets, the UK's trees occupy key roles in our ecological, economic, and cultural systems. Tree planting pledges dominated the 2019 general election as a pathway to net zero, and there is a growing understanding of the positive impact of trees and green spaces in mental and physical health. There are, however, challenges around how to balance these benefits with issues such as infrastructure development, disease control, and preservation of biodiversity. The multi-facteted role of trees in our lives demands truly interdisciplinary approaches to meet these challenges.
UKRI (NERC, AHRC and ESRC) have announced an exciting upcoming funding opportunity as part of 'The Future of UK Treescapes' programme. This call aims to bring together environmental scientists, social scientists, economists and, arts and humanities researchers to form substantial research collaborations in the following themes:
- Theme 1: Forms, functions and values of UK Treescapes
- Theme 2: Opportunities, barriers and pathways for expansion of UK Treescapes
- Theme 3: Resilience of UK Treescapes to global change
Join YESI for a networking and ideas generation workshop that will connect York researchers interested in developing bids to the current call, as well as exploring more widely the resilience and expansion of the UK's forests and trees, and the values around them.