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Characterising community groups engaged in the Big Tree Plant and identifying the benefits and challenges of involvement for participants - WC0811

Description
This study will identify key characteristics, approaches and resources of groups and organisations who were successful in their bid for BTP funding and in delivering a tree-planting scheme. The research will help to establish what types of motivations, relationships, actions and outcomes typify a thriving BTP project. It will also explore barriers to successful applications and the strategies or support mechanisms that may help address these. There will be a focus upon understanding how the BTP may have contributed to the capacity of groups to envisage and create green spaces, whether these capacitates can be applied to other forms of community activism and whether they will resource teh longer term care of the BTP treescapes.

The research will help ascertain the variety and range of approaches taken to tree planting and the creation of treed landscapes, identifying novel and creative practices and lessons for success. In addition, it will explore whether tree planting as a positive environmental action leads to involvement in further activities aimed at benefitting the environment or provides any particular well-being benefits. Through capturing evidence of the challenges and successes of the BTP, the research will contribute to a better understanding of the influence and benefits of the campaign and whether such outcomes have been embedded with potential for longer term impact.
Objective
The overall aims of the project will be to:

- identify the key characteristics, approaches and resources of groups and organisations that participated in the BTP and challenges the barriers to successful participation.
- identify the key outcomes obtained by groups and organisations from participation in BTP adn any impact of these upon subsequent individual, community, organisational and neighbourhood welfare and behaviour.

The objectives set for the project will be to:

1) evidence the motivations, relationships, resources, actions and outcomes that typifty a successful BTP project and analyse these to create a typology of groups that have effectively engaged with the BTP and the characteristics that define them.
2) evidence the motivations, relationships, resources, actions and outcomes that typify a non-successful BTP project adn analyse these to create a typology of groups that have struggled to engage in the BTP and the characteristics that define them.


Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : WC0811-BTP-Final-report-Oct2013   (2360k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : BTP-Executive-summary-300813   (654k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £48,224
Contractor / Funded Organisations
The Silvanus Trust
Keywords
Adapting to Climate Change              
Biodiversity              
Ecosystem              
Green Spaces              
Natural Environment              
Woodland