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Cambridge Canopy project

The Cambridge Canopy project is our pilot project for the Nature Smart Cities across the 2 Seas project.

It will help the city adapt to climate change. It will do this by increasing tree canopy cover and contributing to the sustainable management of the local urban forest.

Tree canopy cover is the metric used to show the benefits provided by the urban forest. It is measured as a percentage of the total area. Cambridge currently has 17% tree canopy cover and we are working to increase this to 19%.

The project aims to show the value of investing in the urban forest.

The project will:

  • develop standard approaches to tree planting, protection, and management, and to public engagement. This will complement and enhance our current arboricultural strategy
  • develop tools to help us assess tree canopy cover, to support sustainable management and identify areas that need work
  • contribute to and boost tree planting and tree protection to help mitigate the predicted changes in climate

We want you to be an active participant in this project to help manage and care for Cambridge’s urban forest.

The importance of neighbourhood trees for quality of life

This paper assesses the relationships between tree cover and social and wellbeing benefits at a neighbourhood level. It also assesses whether property buyers value the tree cover near their property and are willing to pay more for more tree cover.

The findings show that future policy should engage different local groups in their tree interventions. At the same time, more research is needed into the specific pathways by which tree cover influences human wellbeing in urban spaces.