The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and The Forestry Commission co-funded The Big Tree Plant campaign, which was launched in 2010. The aim was to encourage people and communities to work in partnership and plant more trees in England’s towns, cities and neighbourhoods. Groundwork London was responsible for the administration of this grants scheme and the GDS team played a key role in the reporting and data analysis aspect of this project.
The The Big Tree Plant project ran between 2012-2015 and helped plant over 143,000 trees all around England. Using the field data collected, demographic data and other spatial data, Groundwork GDS played a big role in communicating project results by developing maps which showed the percentages of trees planted in areas lacking green spaces and in areas of greatest need (based on Index of Multiple Deprivation statistics). The maps and statistics provided were critical in assessing the value of the The Big Tree Plant project and is an example of the added benefit of spatial information for reporting purposes.
A project map image can be found here.
Groundwork GDS is part of Groundwork London