The Black Country Urban Forest iTree Survey 2021

CLIENT:

Treeconomics, Forest Research, The Black Country Consortium Ltd and The Black Country Authorities

BRIEF:

To undertake field survey work for The Black Country Urban Forest i-Tree survey 2021 in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton

DETAILS:

Barton Hyett Associates Ltd are proud to partner with Treeconomics, Forest Research, Birmingham TreePeople, Black Country LEP, and the Metropolitan Borough Councils of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall to deliver field survey work for the Black Country iTree Urban Forest survey commencing in July 2021. 

Thank you ! Our surveyors look forward to meeting some of the residents, businesses and those working in The Black Country areas that we will be surveying. We appreciate your co-operation where access may be needed and will be happy to answer any of your questions on this project.

The Black Country is rich in both its natural and built heritage and environmental assets including its extensive canal network, ancient geology, rich wildlife and open spaces but too many of these assets are ‘hidden’, inaccessible or not celebrated by both residents and visitors alike. The Black Country LEP has a 30-year vision to bring about economic renaissance in the Black Country, and environmental transformation is at the heart of it.

The survey of the trees in and around the Black Country aims to find out how the diversity of trees provides benefits to the community. With your support, the range of environmental benefits provided by these trees can be assessed, from the carbon they store to the pollutants that they remove from the air we breathe. 

As the UK’s second city and the largest municipality in Europe, Birmingham has more parks than any other major city on the continent, with an estimated 1 million trees. 

The city recognises that trees are its natural lungs and are necessary for the wellbeing of the people who live and work there so it has decided to take a long-term strategic approach to its urban forest management with the development of an Urban Forest Master Plan (click to read more on this from Treeconomics). 

This project, the first of its kind in the UK, follows a model widely used in the US and Canada and will help Birmingham monitor its progress against objectives and achieve its tree goals strategically for the benefit of both current and future residents and visitors, working towards a vision for its trees that is sustainable well into the future.

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