Treeconomics has appointed Institute Honorary Fellow Sir Harry Studholme FICFor (Hon) as Chairman.
Sir Harry’s relationship with Treeconomics dates back to the company’s first iTree report on the Torbay Urban Forest. He has had a long interest in urban forestry and was Chair of the Forestry Commission between 2013 and 2020. Sir Harry owns and manages his own forest and was previously Chairman of the South West Regional Development Agency, and of the Phaunos Timber Fund, a FTSE quoted international forestry Investment Trust. He is also an Honorary Professor of the Centre of Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter.
Treeconomics uses the best available science to understand how trees enrich our urban spaces. It provides data-driven evidence, strategies and tools, to help clients and communities build diverse, equitable, resilient and healthy urban forests. Founded by Kenton Rogers MICFor and Keith Sacre MICFor in 2011, Treeconomics works for local authorities, developers, infrastructure owners and major landowners to help them plan and manage their urban forests.
Commenting on Sir Harry’s appointment, Treeconomics’ co-founder Kenton Rogers MICFor said:
“We’re really excited to have Sir Harry join the team. Treeconomics continues to grow steadily and we are helping more and more municipalities, developers and landowners provide sustainable and resilient treescapes. It’s going to be fantastic to have the benefit of Sir Harry’s knowledge and experience”.
Sir Harry said
“I’m excited to be joining Treeconomics as the company starts the next phase in its growth. Our urban trees bring nature into the heart of our cities and provide essential services to people. Treeconomics has done a remarkable job, across the UK, in increasing the recognition and understanding of their critical role and giving them a proper value. Nevertheless, there remain many places that still do not have well-developed and transparent plans to care for and improve their urban forests. There is much to do.”