Study Reveals Benefits of Edinburghs Trees
A study undertaken by Forestry Commission Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council has estimated that Edinburgh’s urban forest, consiting of some 600,000 trees, removes around 100 tonnes of harmful airborne pollutants each year, a benefit estimated to be worth around £2.3 million.
Using i-Tree Eco developed by the US Forest Service 200 field plots located across Edinburgh were surveyed during 2011 with the aim of quantify the benefits provided by the trees and shrubs such as improving air quality and the removal of carbon from the atmosphere.
A copy of the report can be found here: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/Edinburghi-treereport.pdf/$FILE/Edinburghi-treereport.pdf
Whilst not involved with this study Elliott Consultancy has surveyed many trees within the City of Edinburgh for the council in recent years. Schools Tree Survey and Highways & Parks Tree Survey