We know that being connected with nature is good for us, but there’s still more research to be done – and that includes understanding more about the benefits of trees. This is especially important with the plans to plant millions of trees. The £10 million Future of the UK Treescapes research programme was established to inform these future treescapes. Last year, in a consortium led by York University, we were awarded funding for the ‘Connected Treescapes‘ project. This will explore the value of trees, including the benefits for people’s wellbeing, cultural heritage and wildlife.
One part of the research project is ready to launch and we’re looking for people to get involved. With a focus on the National Forest, Treefest involves eight walks accessed via the walking app Go Jauntly. Through walking the walks those that take part will provide data which will allow us to calculate how various types of trees, woodlands and forests benefit wellbeing. We can then use this data to create tools and knowledge to inform the design of future treescapes for the benefit of future generations and the rest of the natural world.
If you live near the National Forest, download the Go Jauntly app on your iPhone or android device and head out to one of our research walks (listed below). Answer a few simple questions before and after your walk. Researchers will then study this data to see how various treescapes relate to wellbeing.
- Dunstall Treefest Walk http://app.gojauntly.com/walk/7351348521212056044
- Robin Wood Treefest Walk http://app.gojauntly.com/walk/14626842268153025004
- Jackson’s Bank Treefest Walk http://app.gojauntly.com/walk/9750694836770378220
- Calke Treefest Walk https://app.gojauntly.com/walk/6375137995898098156
- Beacon Hill Treefest Walk http://app.gojauntly.com/walk/5399054433687507436
- Jubilee Treefest Walk https://app.gojauntly.com/walk/5269121016646275564
- Rosliston Treefest Walk https://app.gojauntly.com/walk/13500718773428097516
- Anslow Treefest Walk https://app.gojauntly.com/walk/6102890610209133036
In addition to making your own contribution to the future treescapes, as a huge thanks for taking the time to participate in this research study, we’ll enter all those who take part in the walks by 23:59 on 31st October 2022 into a prize draw to win one of twenty £100 gift vouchers.
Once the walks are done, data is in and analysed we hope to be able to show how different types, ages and locations of trees affect our wellbeing. Those results will be shared on this blog.