Valuing Green Infrastructure Through Tree Assessment TooLs (VITAL)

Lead Research Organisation: Open University
Department Name: Environment, Earth & Ecosystems

Abstract

In recent years environmental and social scientists working with economists have begun to understand the value that nature provides to society. These 'ecosystem services' (ES) include things like the provisioning of food and fuel, regulating water quality and quantity, reducing pollution, storing carbon and producing landscapes and features of cultural and aesthetic significance. Using a range of widely agreed methods it has been possible to put economic values on these services and the stock of ES is referred to as 'natural capital'. These ideas have allowed nature to be included in the way that organisations and societies plan and make decisions. Economic development, for example, that erodes natural capital might be considered undesirable, especially if the loss of natural capital outweighs the benefit of the development. Another term, 'green infrastructure' (GI) is used to describe the natural or semi-natural features such as hedgerows, parkland and street trees that make up part of human landscapes. GI can provide ecosystem services and therefore adds to natural capital. Urban trees, for example, regulate water flow, take in carbon dioxide, can reduce air pollution and have cultural significance.
Although these ideas are well developed in theory, applying them in practice has proved more challenging because the data required to calculate ES valuations are not widely available and the methods used are complex. This is a barrier to governments and businesses understanding and using these important ideas in their planning and decision making, and more so for individual citizens, small organisations or community groups who might be interested in the real value of their environment.
The VITAL project is made up of environmental scientists from the Open University with experience of running large citizen science projects, specialists in ES and trees from Forest Research, and Treeconomics a social enterprise which has been instrumental in engaging organisations in valuing their trees. We aim to develop a system that allows anyone from individual citizens to local authorities, businesses and large organisations to value the trees around them. We will significantly improve an existing OU citizen science tool: 'Treezilla' which allows users to map and gives ES valuations of trees, so that it links with the most widely used professional system for ES tree valuation: i-Tree Eco. These improvements will give all users access to powerful tools for valuing trees. We will engineer these systems such that data from one feeds into the other, and as more data are collected in Treezilla, it is used to refine the system further.
The value of our tools will be in their use by large numbers of people and organisations, so we have partnered with key organisations with interests in the value of trees in their environment to deliver the project. We will work closely with the Parks Trust Milton Keynes who are responsible for GI in one of Britain's most wooded cities, to understand how organisations can use Treezilla, using what we learn to improve training and promotion of Treezilla to other users. We will then work closely with a major governmental organisation: Natural Resources Wales to deliver specific projects demonstrating the use of Treezilla to that organisation and others like it. Through a third partnership, with The Tree Council, which has tens of members made up of local authorities, community groups and small and large charities, and supports a national network of 8000 volunteer Tree Wardens, we will communicate our tools and what we have learned to a very large number of potential users. These, and all users of Treezilla, will have free and open access to tools for valuing trees and the same access to a massive and growing dataset of trees and tree valuations from across the UK.

Planned Impact

The major outcomes of project VITAL will be:
1) Tools that meet the needs of organisations wishing to incorporate the value of trees into their decision making, and crucially, which can be used openly and interactively by those organisations' stakeholder communities.
2) A means for communicating the value of trees to stakeholders from business to governmental, third sector organisations, educational institutions and individuals.
3) Embedded knowledge of tools for tree valuation in key end user organisations.
Governmental, non-governmental and commercial organisations will benefit from the availability of easily accessible tools for ES valuation for their own internal planning and decision making as well as their communication with partners and stakeholders. Detailed knowledge of these tools and their use in our partner organisations will benefit them directly and provide models for other organisations to use these same tools.
The open nature of the Treezilla platform and its associated training and educational resources will give individuals and organisations in wider society access to a wealth of data on trees and their value as part of the environment and broaden the understanding of ES and their valuation as part of natural capital. This greater knowledge of these important concepts in society will facilitate the delivery of environmental policy and empower citizens to be more engaged in the way that decisions about the environment are made.
The project team, and stakeholders with an interest in the use of tree valuations will be able to chart the impact of project VITAL through the number of users (individual citizens and organisations) of the Treezilla platform, the number of individual tree entries and the outputs generated beyond the timeframe of this specific project.

Publications

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Description We have comprehensively updated and refined the website treezilla.org: a citizen science site which allows users to map and record trees and generate estimates of the value of ecosystem services they provide, with a focus on urban areas. Urban trees are poorly recorded and relatively little is known about them at a national scale, despite the fact that many local authorities hold databases of trees in their jurisdiction. We have therefore also developed a set of methods to take large volumes of data on trees which exist in mostly inaccessible local authority databases, remove inconsistencies and match them up to a definitive species list, allowing us to rapidly upload them to treezilla.org in bulk. As a result the Treezilla database has been expanded from around 50,000 records to over 830,000. The database now allows users to generate valuations of ecosystem services from large numbers of trees for several urban areas across the UK (Belfast, Birmingham, Greater London, High Peak, Portsmouth, Walsall). We have updated the basis of valuations in Treezilla to reflect the UK situation. This involved adapting the calculations of ecosystem services values to reflect UK treasury figures where possible, and where this was not possible, finding nearest relevant values to use. We have also developed a novel map of climate zones for the UK. This is used to adapt tree growth parameters to different climatic conditions prevalent in different UK regions and hence refine ecosystem services calculations. This map may have uses beyond the VITAL project. In addition we carried out some more basic research on the provision of ecosystem services by trees in a model urban area: Milton Keynes. By mapping and measuring a sample of roadside trees in Milton Keynes, adding them to Treezilla and extrapolating based on the extent of such trees across the city we were able to estimate the value of their pollution reduction services at around £2.5 million per annum. Through developing a series of resources linked to school curricula at primary and secondary level we have been able to take the message of the benefits of urban trees, methods of valuing them (in monetary terms) and the need to protect them, to a variety of school-age audiences. We have also carried out an extensive series of engagement events with practitioners, volunteers and members of the public to disseminate these same messages and promote the use of Treezilla as a citizen-focused tool for understanding ecosystem services provision by trees.
Exploitation Route Our findings and the tools we have developed are of relevance to those involved in urban planning and environmental management, particularly with reference to urban trees. Through our existing project partners at the Tree Council, Natural Resources Wales and The Parks Trust we have been able to disseminate knowledge and transfer practical skills to a large number of individuals involved in a professional or volunteer capacity in the management and care of urban trees. We have also raised awareness of Treezilla as a tool for individual/citizen-led tree valuation which can be used by any individual or organisation, and this has led (and we expect will lead in future) to use by individuals and organisations for their own tree valuation initiatives. Of particular relevance is the use by local authorities interested in ecosystem services valuation but unable to resource (financially or in logistical terms) a full-scale tree valuation effort. We expect the tools and processes we have developed in this project to be of particular interest to these organisations in future.
Sectors Education,Environment

 
Description Trees are critical components of urban green infrastructure. Understanding and properly accounting for their value in urban environments is critical to supporting sustainable urban development, maintaining a healthy urban environment and ensuring sustainable economic growth. Treezilla: The Monster Map of Trees, the citizen science website at the heart of the VITAL project allows anyone to map and generate an ecosystem services value of any tree in the UK. One of the aims of the project was to develop Treezilla such that individuals or organisations could use it as an entry point for ecosystem services valuation from trees. Over the course of the VITAL project a large number (>400) of new users registered for Treezilla, bringing the total number of registered users to over 1000. These have recently been supplemented by over 200 new users from the Open University student community who are being encouraged to collect data with Treezilla for their Level 3 (final year) modules, and who have contributed almost 5000 new trees in the past 6 months. These users continue to add trees to the database. We have received and serviced requests to bulk upload data from High Peak Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council tree officers in order for them to carry out rapid assessments of the values of their tree stocks, which would otherwise bear a significant cost in terms of time, human and financial resources. We have provided a similar service for Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in the UK,with over 130,000 urban tree records, who are using the fact that Treezilla is an open resource to communicate information on urban trees, including their benefits, to members of the public. The knowledge that we have acquired through working with project partner organisations has allowed us to produce teaching resources around ecosystem services valuation and the values of urban trees which align with the national curriculum. These resources are now being disseminated to hundreds of schools across the UK through our partnership with The Tree Council. Treezilla has also been used as part of informal curricula through our partnership with The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes, who are using it with their junior rangers scheme which provides environmental education and practical experience to young people in the city. These outcomes will improve knowledge and understanding of the importance of urban trees among young people and hopefully ensure urban trees are properly accounted for in planning and environmental management decisions well into the future.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Education,Environment
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Embedded treezilla in training resources for urban tree practitioners through The Tree Council.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Influenced local authority tree officers to contribute data to the open tree database in Treezilla
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description HLF-Our Heritage
Amount £48,100 (GBP)
Funding ID OH-16-08371 
Organisation Heritage Lottery Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2019
 
Description Sackler Foundation
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Description Science Research and Enterprise Funding Support (Associate Dean Enterprise)
Amount £8,173 (GBP)
Organisation Open University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 10/2016
 
Title London tree database 
Description A database of tree locations and species from across London comprising over 700,000 trees which has been collated, cleaned and processed to import into Treezilla. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet 
 
Title Treezilla bulk import validater 
Description A tool for validating data exported from tree management software for import into Treezilla/opentreemap 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None as yet 
 
Title Treezilla database 
Description The database in Treezilla is now (to our knowledge) the largest open database of urban trees anywhere in the world. It comprises over 800,000 spatially referenced records of urban trees, mostly with species ID. Many of the trees also include size data which allow an ecosystem service valuation to be calculated for individual trees, and for groups of trees (including those with no size data). This represents an increase of almost twenty-fold on the size of the database before the VITAL project began. Extensive local authority tree data from the following areas are now in the database: Belfast City Council; Birmingham City Council; Greater London Authority; High Peak Council; Portsmouth City Council; The Royal Parks; Test Valley Council. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Local authorities who hold large tree databases have begun to approach us as a way of disseminating their tree data to the public. Several have also requested bulk uploading their data to the site to allow them to carry out rapid ecosystem services valuations of their tree stocks. 
URL https://www.treezilla.org/treezilla/map/
 
Description A Natural Heritage Project To Preserve, Protect And Plant Urban Trees in Wales 
Organisation National Federation of Women's Institutes
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This is a project led by the National Federation of Women's Institute (NFWI) in Wales, in collaboration with partners including the OU, through Treezilla - the Monster Map of Trees (www.treezilla.org), and Natural Resources Wales. It seeks to contribute to reversing the decline of urban trees in Wales. Treezilla will be used by NFWI members in Wales to help them survey, observe, preserve, protect and engage communities in tree-planting and on-going monitoring and maintenance, as well as spreading the word about the value of trees to the wider public. The OU VITAL Project Team are delivering train the trainers activities with NFWI groups in Wales and also sit on the Advisory Committee contributing ideas shaping project delivery.
Collaborator Contribution With its large, locally connected membership, the NFWI aims to contribute to the assessment of the state of urban trees in Wales, by promoting active management, providing eyes and ears for public bodies and taking action to safeguard this incredibly valuable natural heritage. The NFWI are working closely with OU VITAL project partner Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and hope to provide some of the 'ground-truthing' required feeding useful information back to this and other public bodies i.e. Local Authority planning departments, informing policies and plans. NWA were instrumental to the development of this project and initiating a collaboration between the NFWI in Wales and the OU VITAL Project Team.
Impact Project delivery began in August 2017 and will continue to July 2019. The OU is involved in Project Steering Group meetings, presentations on valuing trees using Treezilla at Train the trainer workshops which are being conducted with NFWI Member groups across Wales and the development of resource packs for dissemination. As the project continues The OU will engage with the population, interrogation and use of tree related data generated by the project on Treezilla contributing to evidence gathering which will be fed through to NRW, Local Authority planning departments and Local Biodiversity Record Centres to inform their plans, policies and tree strategies.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Forest Research - supporting the development and expansion of Treezilla as a successful tree valuation tool 
Organisation Forest Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with technical team at Forest Research redesigning the Treezilla platform, as well collating existing tree data to be added to Treezilla and using this to shape reference cities to redefine and update the ecosystem services valuation algorithms currently used on the site. We have collaborated with representatives from Forest Research on conference papers and presentations, cross promotions through social media, newsletters etc; as well as funding bids seeking additional resources.
Collaborator Contribution Forest Research have been a committed partner of Treezilla since the site was developed in 2013 and this has been extended as they contribute to the delivery of the VITAL project. The team involved have been instrumental and in addition to promoting the use of Treezilla, they are leading on the redevelopment of the website which is now underway. They are also using their expertise and work is progressing redefining the ecosystem services valuation algorithms and adapting these within the Treezilla platform making it consistent with other tree valuation tools, particularly i-Tree Eco.
Impact This work is contributing to: Delivering project objectives: (a) Collate existing data from UK urban trees (b) Establish a feedback system within Treezilla (c) Establish a 'reputational status' approach. Achieving project outputs: (1) Revised Treezilla platform based on a more sustainable model and with more relevant UK input data. (2) A 'live' and open data resource of the structure, composition and ES values of our trees across rural and urban parts of the UK. (6) Treezilla promotional events and representation as part of National Tree Week 2017 and at relevant fora.
Start Year 2016
 
Description OPENER: scoping out a national cOmmunity of Practice for public ENgagement with Environmental Research 
Organisation University of Reading
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution OPENER is a 1-year project, funded through NERC's Engaging Environments programme, that aims to develop a national community of practice for public engagement with environment research. It is focused on building capacity through training in citizen science and developing local communities of practice to prepare for a nationwide programme of public engagement with environmental sciences. OPENER will set up a national consortium that takes citizen science to the next level by asking the public how opportunities to take part in environmental research can be made easier and more exciting. The OU is a project partner contributing in-kind staff time to the development of shared assets, co-producing the vision and participating to communities of practice of national expertise in: environmental science and public engagement. Janice Ansine, VITAL Project Manager and Senior Project Manager for Citizen Science, is the OU representative who is part of the OPENER project consortium and advisory team representing the University at national meetings and advising on delivery of project milestones, sharing OU best practice in public engagement and citizen science.
Collaborator Contribution No direct contribution, however, outputs delivered by project partners in the VITAL project and the overall use of Treezilla will feed into OU contributions, led by Janice Ansine, to this initiative.
Impact Janice will add her expertise in the implementation of Stage 1 of the project which is now underway and contribute to the development into a Stage 2 proposal. She will lead on integrating relevant activities as part of our public engagement programme. She will explore opportunities to incorporate OU learning and citizen science platforms (i.e. Treezilla - www.treezilla.org and iSpot - www.ispotnature.org ) as options for members of the public to become more involved with environmental research.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Partnership with Natural Resources Wales 
Organisation Natural Resources Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We provide ongoing support for the use of the Treezilla.org platform through in-person presentations, online communication and the dissemination of resources.
Collaborator Contribution Natural Resources Wales provide expertise on urban forestry stakeholders in Wales and play a strategic role in project VITAL by promoting Treezilla.org to their partners.
Impact Promotion of the Treezilla.org platform to forestry stakeholders and interested parties in Wales, namely the Welsh Government and the National Federation of Women's Institute Wales. This work is contributing to: - Delivering project objectives: (g) Deploy Treezilla with end-user partners; - Achieving project outputs: (5) Reports on Treezilla use in target projects with end-user partner NRW; - Contributing to project outcomes: (1) Tools that meet the needs of organisations wishing to incorporate the value of trees into their decision making; (2) A means for communicating the value of urban trees; (3) Embedded knowledge of tools for tree valuation in key end user organisations
Start Year 2016
 
Description Partnership with Salford University on HARNESSED project 
Organisation University of Salford
Department School of Environment and Life Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the development of a research proposal using citizen scientists to monitor tree disease.
Collaborator Contribution Led the bid for the HARNESSED project which aims to develop epidemiological models to support the early detection of plant diseases using data from citizen scientists.
Impact Submitted grant application to NERC standard round in July 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description The Parks Trust - Project VITAL partnership 
Organisation The Parks Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We have introduced the education department at The Parks Trust to Treezilla as a tool for teaching students about trees and their value . We have designed some materials for them to use Treezilla with the young people they work with. We are mapping a list of '50 notable trees' which have been identified as being particularly significant in the Milton Keynes area for the MK 50 anniversary celebrations, and uploading them to Treezilla. We have planned an adult education workshop on valuing trees as part of The Parks Trust's annual education programme.
Collaborator Contribution The Parks Trust have allowed us access to their education department to give us an opportunity to test educational resources for Treezilla. The education department has subsequently used Treezilla as a tool to introduce their junior rangers to the concepts of ecological surveying, mapping and ecosystem services valuation . The Parks Trust is promoting Treezilla to members of the public in Milton Keynes through its news and events web pages.
Impact Outputs: Treezilla training resources for young people and adults (project objective e: Produce training resources for the use of Treezilla; output 3: Training materials on the use of Treezilla... ) Mapped '50 notable trees' to Treezilla so they are now more accessible to the public (objective h: Promote Treezilla through end user engagement activities; output 2: A live and open data resource...) Tree survey day for The Parks Trust Junior Rangers (objective h; output 6: Treezilla promotional events... ) Outcomes: Resources and tools for communicating value of urban trees to Parks Trust stakeholders (outcome 2: A means for communicating the value of urban trees). Greater awareness of green infrastructure, natural capital and ecosystem services among a variety of Parks Trust stakeholders (objective h; outcome 3: Embedded knowledge of tools for tree valuation...).
Start Year 2016
 
Description The Tree Council -Training, communicating and promoting the value of trees 
Organisation The Tree Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Through this collaboration our team is embedding the benefits of research and data collection around trees by working with the Tree Council to develop training resources around tree valuation and a user guide for Treezilla. We have facilitated preliminary discussions with the Tree Council about embeddimg these resources in existing training programmes they facilitate which will enhance the skills of over 8,000 volunteers from more than 150 local networks across the UK who participate in their Tree Warden Scheme. This successful scheme was set up to help people interested in conserving and enhancing local trees and woods and this partnership is developing as an ideal link for training / skills building in this area. The outputs under development by our team will be part of the Tree Council's Tree Warden package of support, materials, training and information.
Collaborator Contribution The Tree Council was founded over 40 years ago and is the UK's lead charity for trees with a vision to see more trees while engaging people to appreciate their value. Treezilla has already been included as a reference tool in their programmes, particularly the Tree Warden scheme and discussions are underway for more structured integration. The Tree Council reaches wide audiences through successful campaigns promoting the importance of trees including the annual National Tree Week and Walk in the Woods Month and so far have identified and implemented measures for cross promotion associated with activities such as communications with their networks and supporters via social media, newsletters etc. The Tree Council have further demonstrated a commitment to the partnership and Director-General Pauline Buchanan Black contributes her time by sitting on the project Steering Group.
Impact Cross promotions around key tree-related national days and activities using social media and newsletter articles targeting Tree Wardens. This work is contributing to: Delivering project objectives: (e) Produce training resources for the use of Treezilla and (h) Promote Treezilla through end user engagement activities. Achieving project outputs: (3) Training materials on the use of Treezilla that link formal curricula at school and HE level and that allow many other users to engage through informal learning and education routes. (6) Treezilla promotional events and representation as part of National Tree Week 2017 and at relevant fora.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Treeconomics - supporting the development and expansion of Treezilla as a successful tree valuation tool 
Organisation Treeconomics Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have been working closely with Treeconomics to update the ecosystem services valuation algorithms currently used on the site.
Collaborator Contribution Treeconomics have been a committed partner of Treezilla since the site was developed in 2013 and this has been extended as they contribute to the delivery of the VITAL project. Treeconomics Director Kenton Rogers is using his expertise contributing the parameters of the Treezila valuation model. He also promotes the use and value of Treezilla as a tool across the sector.
Impact This work is contributing to: Delivering project objectives: (a) Collate existing data from UK urban trees (d) Extend the basis for tree valuation in Treezilla Achieving project outputs: (1) Revised Treezilla platform based on a more sustainable model and with more relevant UK input data. (2) A 'live' and open data resource of the structure, composition and ES values of our trees across rural and urban parts of the UK.
Start Year 2016
 
Description UK Tree Health Citizen Science Network (THCSN) - facilitating sharing of knowledge and best practice 
Organisation Forestry Commission
Department Observatree
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Janice Ansine is a founding member of the Tree Health Citizen Science Network and represent the project providing updates on progress and developments at meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The Network has a wide ranging membership of relevant organisations and initiatives which provide a number of possibilities for collaboration, sharing best practice etc. The network membership includes organisations and individuals with an interest in tree health and citizen science and provides a forum to share updates on work, experiences and best practice and identify opportunities for joint working. Already opportunities are developing for joint public engagement. So far discussions are underway with the Woodland Trust Observatree project to engage volunteer Tree Wardens with training resources incorporating Treezilla. In 2017 /2018 further work was underway to better formalise the structure and development of the group which we are contributing to.
Impact Regular updates presented at Tree Health Citizen Science Network Meetings and engagement with other organisations represented. This work is contributing to: Delivering project objectives: (h) Promote Treezilla through end user engagement activities. Achieving project outputs: (3) Training materials on the use of Treezilla that link formal curricula at school and HE level and that allow many other users to engage through informal learning and education routes. (6) Treezilla promotional events and representation as part of National Tree Week 2017 and at relevant fora.
Start Year 2016
 
Title Android app for the Treezilla platform 
Description The app is a versioning of the OpenTreeMap core Android app specifically for the needs of the Treezilla site at the core of the VITAL project. It has been developed to make it more relevant to Treezilla users and some general improvements in usability, following testing in the VITAL project have been made. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The app has just been released following an extensive period of user testing and development and has therefore not had wide uptake yet. However it features in the latest updates to The Tree Council Tree Warden handbook and will therefore reach their community of around 6000 volunteers across the UK. 
URL https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.azavea.otm2.treezilla
 
Title Treezilla website 
Description The Treezilla website is a complete reversioning of the OpenTreeMap website to give it a UK focus. Specifically it uses UK-relevant ecosystem services costings, based on social damage costs, and employs re-worked, UK-specific climate zones for calculating ecosystem services provision. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The site now has over 1200 registered users. Around half of these pre-date the VITAL project, but the remaining half have joined in the time of the project and around 50 have registered since the updated site was released in October 2017. 
URL https://www.treezilla.org/treezilla/map/
 
Description "Discover: the value of trees" adult education session with the Parks Trust 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A member of the VITAL team conducted an adult education session in collaboration with the Parks Trust, Milton Keynes. There was a presentation, then the participants went out into Campbell Park to collect data. At least one of the participants went on to use Treezilla later on, adding more than 70 trees and promoting Treezilla in a local publication,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.theparkstrust.com/whats-on/event-details/1813
 
Description Arboricultural Association Registered Consultants day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk and demonstration of Treezilla site to a group of 30 professional arborists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Devon Tree Warden Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the morning, Tree Wardens (environmental volunteers linked to our partner The Tree Council) listened to a presentation about Treezilla, most of which had not heard of it before. The presentation generated many questions, which could inform improvements to Treezilla.org. In the afternoon, the Tree Wardens experienced how to organise Treezilla fieldwork, which was a practical application of what was introduced earlier. The Tree Wardens showed interest in the idea of putting trees on the map.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description East Anglian Tree Warden Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the morning, 78 Tree Wardens (environmental volunteers linked to our partner The Tree Council) listened to a presentation about Treezilla, most of which had not heard of it before. The presentation generated many questions, which could inform improvements to Treezilla.org (e.g. making resources available on the website, new ways of locating trees, possibility of highlighting "special" trees). In the afternoon, the Tree Wardens experienced how to organise Treezilla fieldwork, which was a practical application of what was introduced earlier. The Tree Wardens showed interest in the idea of putting trees on the map.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description East Midlands Tree Warden Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A presentation was given to Tree Wardens (environmental volunteers linked to our partner The Tree Council) about the principles of valuing nature and the use of Treezilla as part of a series of presentations on trees. This generated a number of questions and lively debate. Following this a practical demonstration allowed participants to practice data collection for Treezilla using tools and methods developed during the VITAL project. Participants were presented with information and datasheets to help them organise small groups of their own volunteers to survey and value trees with Treezilla.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.treecouncil.org.uk/Shop-Donate/Product-Details/catid/21/eid/181/east-midlands-tree-warde...
 
Description Enthusiasm for Citizen Science: Taking stock of motivations, costs and benefits workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Shared information about Treezilla and VITAL (poster and leaflets)
Networking with a range of relevant third sector organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Environmental fieldwork with A-Level students 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Spoke to a group of 12 A-level students from Milton Keynes college about Green infrastructure, ecosystem services and Treezilla as part of a day of A-level fieldwork.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Green infrastructure community event Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Networking with GI practicioners and policy makers at NERC-organised event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Information about Treezilla in Treeconomics e-newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Short news articles relating to the VITAL project and Treezilla in the Treeconomics e-news with a reach of around 1000 people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description MK Innovates 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact MK Innovates is an innovation fair held in the main shopping area in central Milton Keynes. It ran over 2 days and was attended by a large number of school children and members of the public. Participants who engaged with the Treezilla stand showed enthusiasm for recording trees and learning about their ecosystem services. There has been an increase in trees in Milton Keynes added to the Treezilla site following the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Milton Keynes Festival of Nature 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The VITAL project manned a stand at the Milton Keynes Nature Day, part of Milton Keynes festival of nature. A large number of members of the public attended a day focused around nature and the natural world. Over 100 people engaged with the VITAL project stand, talking about the project, valuing ecosystem services, using the Treezilla tool for estimating ecosystem services and taking away information on how to use Treezilla. In the month following the day (though we can not be sure the two were related), 25 new site users registered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.mkfestivalofnature.org/
 
Description Myerscough college 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact A talk on tree valuation including a demonstration of Treezilla to arboriculture students. Students demonstrated interest in applying the tool for their own work. Several users from the college are now contributors to the database.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description National Federation of Women's Institutes - Wales Tree Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A workshop was carried out with representatives of all the Welsh Women's Institutes. A presentation was delivered on valuing nature and on using Treezilla to estimate ecosystem services value of trees. Following this a practical demonstration introduced participants to the principles of measuring and identifying trees and ways in which they might organise groups to carry out tree surveys with Treezilla.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description National Tree Officers Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Networked with a range of practitioners and promoted project and the use of Treezilla amongs Tree Officers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Plymouth Tree Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk and demonstration of Treezilla site/app to around 50 members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description SICSA Workshop on Gamification for Tree and Plant Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 30 representatives from England, Scotland and the Netherlands attended this workshop focused on the theme Gamification for Tree and Plant Health. The workshop was hosted by the University of Stirling, funded by the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA). Day one of the workshop saw presentations and demonstrations of example projects and initiatives in this area while Day 2 focused on ideas to engage and involve audiences. Janice Ansine from the VITAL project team gave a talk which included Treezilla about the use of citizen science and gamication approaches on creating online communities which support tree and plant health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/events/research-challenge-workshop-on-gamification-for-tree-and-plant-health/
 
Description Surrey Tree Warden Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the morning, Tree Wardens (environmental volunteers linked to our partner The Tree Council) listened to a presentation about Treezilla, most of which had not heard of it before. The presentation generated many questions, which could inform improvements to Treezilla.org. In the afternoon, the Tree Wardens experienced how to organise Treezilla fieldwork, which was a practical application of what was introduced earlier. The Tree Wardens showed interest in the idea of putting trees on the map.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk on valuing nature at Denbigh School Milton Keynes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A talk was given as part of an open lecture series to school students and members of the general public on valuing nature and use of the Treezilla app/website. There was a lively and engaged discussion following the talk on the principles of nature valuation. The economics teacher stated that he intends to use Treezilla as a case study/teaching tool for future classes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk on valuing nature at the Royal Latin School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk on valuing nature, including the work of the VITAL project was given to a public audience as part of an open lecture series at the Royal Latin School. The audience comprised local people, school teachers and some school children. Following the talk science staff at the school indicated that they would begin to use Treezilla in teaching activities. An increase in the number of Treezilla records added by individuals in the area local to the school was also observed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Three Counties Tree Warden Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the morning, 30 Tree Wardens (environmental volunteers linked to our partner The Tree Council) listened to a presentation about Treezilla, most of which had not heard of it before. The presentation generated many questions, which could inform improvements to Treezilla.org (e.g. making resources available on the website, new ways of locating trees, possibility of highlighting "special" trees). In the afternoon, the Tree Wardens took part in a hands-on activity about the value of trees, which illustrated the practical application of what was introduced earlier. The Tree Wardens showed interest in the idea of putting trees on the map.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tree Warden event - Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact At the Surrey Tree Wardens' AGM, a member of the VITAL team gave a presentation about Treezilla and its value to the Tree Council's Tree Wardens. In the afternoon, the participants learnt about how to collect data in the field for Treezilla.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.surreytreewardens.org.uk/Newsletter-May-17-2Final.pdf
 
Description Trees, People and the Built Environment conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A VITAL team member gave a plenary talk at the Trees, People and the Built Environment conference about Treezilla, titled "Using a Citizen Science Tool to Model the Health Benefits of Roadside Trees". This was followed by questions and requests to upload data to Treezilla.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.charteredforesters.org/event/icf-trees-people-built-environment-3/
 
Description Valuing Nature & Participatory Decision Making Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented a poster on the research project
Discussed citizen science projects with a number of other participants
Identified potential future partners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/valpart
 
Description West Midlands Tree Warden Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In the morning, Tree Wardens (environmental volunteers linked to our partner The Tree Council) listened to a presentation about Treezilla, most of which had not heard of it before. The presentation generated many questions, which could inform improvements to Treezilla.org. In the afternoon, the Tree Wardens experienced how to organise Treezilla fieldwork, which was a practical application of what was introduced earlier. The Tree Wardens showed interest in the idea of putting trees on the map.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description i-Tree Trail Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A member of the Treezilla team took part in the Torbay i-Tree Trails Workshop: helping - along with other "tree stakeholders" to flesh out the Torbay i-Tree Trails project. This also involved a demonstration of Treezilla.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/618856688299533/
 
Description i-tree Workshop in Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented and demonstrated Treezilla to a group as part of a workshop on the broader suite of i-tree tools for tree valuation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description i-tree Workshop in Sweden 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented and demonstrated Treezilla to a group as part of a workshop on the broader suite of i-tree tools for tree valuation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016