We’re delighted that STAND is among the successful projects recently announced through the latest round of the Treescapes programme. You can read more about the six successful Call 2 projects here. I also posted a short Twitter thread to briefly introduce STAND, and this RSPB Science blog has some more details too (it also covers another Call 2 project, DiversiTree, which my colleague Paul Bellamy is involved in).

What’s in a name?

A few people have asked “why STAND?”. This is a good question. STAND is roughly an acronym for Scenarios of Treescape Expansion for People AND Nature, though the full title of our project is actually “Overcoming scale-mismatch for designing and governing treescape expansion to benefit people and nature” (try and turn that into a catchy acronym!). STAND is also intended to capture the notion of a ‘stand’ of trees, as well as stakeholders ‘standing up’ and having their voices heard. So there you go!

Progress so far

  • We have a project website!
  • We are assembling an Expert Advisory Group to provide technical and policy-related oversight to the project.
  • My colleague Andrew Weatherall introduced STAND at the recent Future of UK Treescapes conference. There’s a recording here.
  • We’ll shortly be advertising three exciting job opportunities, so watch this space.

Tom Finch

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