Kathryn Hand

Kathryn Hand
The Open University (UK) · Department of Environment, Earth and Ecosystems

Master of Science
PhD student at the Open University, UK

About

23
Publications
5,209
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
292
Citations
Citations since 2017
18 Research Items
285 Citations
20172018201920202021202220230204060
20172018201920202021202220230204060
20172018201920202021202220230204060
20172018201920202021202220230204060
Additional affiliations
March 2013 - May 2014
University of Otago
Position
  • Master's Student

Publications

Publications (23)
Article
Full-text available
Significance Nature exposure is an important determinant of human mental and physical well-being, but rapid urbanization means that accessing natural areas is increasingly challenging. Children in particular are thought to show a deep affective affiliation with life (biophilia), and health disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder...
Article
Full-text available
Numerous tools have been developed to assist environmental decision-making, but there has been little examination of whether these tools achieve this aim, particularly for urban environments. This study aimed to evaluate the use of the i-Tree Eco tool in Great Britain, an assessment tool developed to support urban forest management. The study emplo...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Urban trees provide a range of benefits or ‘ecosystem services’ to society. The provision of these benefits depends on many factors, including the species of tree, its stature, location, condition and management. Ecosystem service delivery is one of many factors to be considered in selecting a tree. Other important considerations include the suitab...
Article
Full-text available
Urban tree management in England is led by local governments who may describe their policies and practices in a publicly accessible document, termed an urban tree strategy. To understand the role of such documents in urban tree management, this research investigated their prevalence, production, content and use in England. Concurrently, to understa...
Article
Full-text available
More and more research is showing how spending time in nature is good for our health and development. Yet, children living in urban areas (towns and cities) may find it difficult to spend time in nature. Their neighborhoods may have little nearby nature to interact with, or they may not be allowed travel on their own to reach natural spaces. Missin...
Technical Report
Full-text available
This Research Report reviews the provision of four ecosystem services by 12 large stature tree species using the i-Tree Eco model and compares the performance of trees in different age classifications and climate regions. It is the first of two Reports reviewing ecosystem service provision by trees of different stature and age in urban areas. The s...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Urban forests provide ecosystem services that contribute to human health, liveability and sustainability. The management of trees influences the delivery of these ecosystem services and thus helps determine the total benefit provided by an urban forest. This Research Note summarises two Research Reports that assessed the delivery of regulating ecos...
Technical Report
This Research Report reviews the provision of four ecosystem services by 18 small and medium stature tree species using the i-Tree Eco model and compares the performance of these trees in different age groups. It is the second of two Reports reviewing ecosystem service provision by trees of different stature and age in urban areas. The first Resear...
Technical Report
Full-text available
Great Britain’s urban forest resource is under increasing threat from the impacts of pollution, neglect, development and construction, health and safety concerns and risk management, other budgetary priorities, and a lack of evidence of its value to society. Tools such as the i-Tree Eco surveys provide public bodies and others with evidence of the...
Research
Full-text available
The first project in the UK to utilise volunteer surveyors and when completed was the largest i-Tree Eco project in the world. The project was run by a partnership of the Forestry Commission, Greater London Authority, Treeconomics, Greenspace Information for Greater London, London Tree Officers Association, Natural England, Trees for Cities, The Tr...
Research
Full-text available
The Tawe catchment i-Tree Eco project assessed urban areas of three local authorities in South Wales: City & County of Swansea (CCS), Powys County and Neath-Port Talbot County Borough. The project was funded by NRW where the i-Tree Eco survey would be one of ten pilot projects to gather evidence and identify opportunities to improve sustainable man...
Research
Full-text available
Background This i-Tree Eco project covered the Bridgend County Borough area, with a steering group of Natural Resource Wales (NRW), Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) and Forest Research. The project was partly driven a desire for an evidence base for urban trees in Bridgend † and partly by ongoing countryside management planning needs and a de...
Research
Full-text available
The pilot project for i-Tree Eco in Scotland took place in Edinburgh; conducted in 2011 by Forest Research. The main driving policy at the time was the Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) scheme which aimed to increase the quantity and quality of woodlands in urban areas with a focus on social and recreational benefits (FC Scotland, 2015). The aim of...
Research
Full-text available
The UK pilot of i-Tree Eco analysis of urban forests took place in Torbay in 2011, led by Treeconomics and Torbay Council. Key aims for the project included raising awareness of the value of the urban forest, a need for more strategic and pro-active management of urban trees, and a desire to test the applicability of the US-developed i-Tree Eco mod...
Research
Full-text available
Sidmouth is the UK’s first ‘civic’ arboretum: it encompasses the entire town rather than a separate single site. Established in 2010, the arboretum aims to maintain and enhance the area through tree planting and protection. The i-Tree Eco project was initiated and led by the charity Sidmouth Civic Arboretum, with support from Treeconomics in proj...
Research
Full-text available
Wrexham’s i-Tree Eco survey was a partnership between Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Forest Research. It was funded by NRW and WCBC. It was the first i-Tree Eco project to take place in Wales. The research aimed to provide information on the composition and structure of Wrexham’s urban forest, assess the mo...
Article
While many studies have documented the decline in the extent of children's independent movements, none have explicitly evaluated the impact of this change in behaviour on opportunities to connect with nature. We estimate and compare the biodiversity values within urban children's home ranges, and relate exposure to biodiversity to children's percep...
Article
Much attention has been directed at the perceived decline in city children’s contact with nature. We used a child-centric approach to assess neighborhood nature knowledge in 187 children aged 9 to 11 years, from different socioeconomic and ethnic groups in three New Zealand cities. We evaluated the relative importance of social (independence, gende...
Article
The value of urban biodiversity is increasingly emphasised from both social and ecological perspectives, as biodiversity has been linked to providing multiple benefits ranging from supporting city sustainability to enhancing the health and well-being of individual residents. At present many urban studies lack integrated methods of assessing urban b...
Article
Maps and mapping are integral elements in the methodological toolbox used by children's geographers studying children's environmental relationships. The advent of new technologies, particularly computer-mapping software, offers immense potential for enhancing understanding and representation of children's everyday spatial relationships. Computerise...
Article
While it is clear that contact with nature is vital to the health, happiness and well-being of urban residents, itis less clear how urban children connect with nature in their immediate environments. In this paper we ask: Do city children feel that they can connect with nature and what forms does this connection take? We present the perspectives of...
Thesis
Available online at: https://www.otago.ac.nz/wildlife/otago076962.pdf This project aimed to help support the establishment of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the Otago region by collating records of seabird breeding areas. In total 2,242 records were gathered and assessed in this project which identified over 330 possible colonies for 20 seabird sp...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Project (1)
Project
This project explores two research questions: Q1) have the i-Tree Eco projects had any of the following impacts and if so in what way? • Direct influence on a specific policy or practice [‘Instrumental’] • Changes in understanding, attitudes and ways of thinking about an issue or problem or solution [‘Conceptual’] • Increases in capacity, skills, expertise and funding [‘Capacity-building’] • Improved links between researchers and stakeholders [‘Connectivity’] • Changes in attitudes towards knowledge exchange and impact [‘Culture change’] And: Q2) are there any values and benefits of urban forests that are not being adequately captured in the i-Tree approach and what solutions might there be to address this?