Tree Equity Score UK

Tree Equity Score UK

ENGLAND · SCOTLAND · WALES · NORTHERN IRELAND

Help create Tree Equity in towns and cities across the UK.

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Tree Equity Score UK

Trees are essential to public health and wellbeing, yet not everyone has good access to trees and their benefits where they live. Tree Equity Score UK is a map-based application that was created to help address disparities in urban tree distribution by identifying the areas in greatest need of people-focused investment in trees.

This is a picture of a laptop displaying the Tree Equity Score UK National Explorer application. On the left, there is a sidebar detailing data related to tree equity. On the right, there is a map showing Tree Equity Scores.

Tree Equity Score UK combines information from a variety of sources to create a single measure from 0 to 100—the lower the score, the greater the need for investment.

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Income
Health
Employment
Age
Heat
Air pollution

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Urban communities require trees as essential infrastructure to support public health and climate resilience. Anyone can use UK Tree Equity Score to see whether the critical benefits of urban tree canopy cover are reaching those who need them most—communities in tree-poor neighbourhoods who are disproportionately affected by environmental hazards like extreme heat and pollution.

How it works

Tree Equity Score is available to most urban areas in the UK. The score sets a national standard in each UK country to help make the case for investment in areas with the greatest need.

Find your score for all urban neighbourhoods in the UK

Locate data to inform and support allocation of resources for trees

Inform Local Authority and regional strategies

Communicate the benefit to the community

About Tree Equity Score UK
Tree Equity Score UK was launched in winter 2023. The tool was co-developed by American Forests, the Woodland Trust and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

The Woodland Trust is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity. By protecting ancient, veteran and valuable woods and trees; restoring native woods and trees to good health; and creating wildlife-rich woods and planting native trees; it hopes to create a world where woods and trees thrive for nature, climate and people.

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The oldest national non-profit conservation organisation in the United States, American Forests creates healthy and resilient forests, from cities to large natural landscapes, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. American Forests pioneered the development of Tree Equity Score, first launched in the U.S. in 2021.

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The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is one of the world's foremost institutions for sustainable healthcare in research and practice. By sharing knowledge, skills and tools, it inspires and empowers all people in the health system to play their part in the transformation to a sustainable health service that supports our communities and natural world.

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Contributors
Additional contributions: Bristol Tree Forum, Croydon Climate Action, Future Woodlands Scotland, National Forest Company and The Mersey Forest.

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