WINNER: Brief 5, Branching Out - How might we harness broad-leaved woodlands and their resources to increase their local economic, social and environmental value?
'Re-Foresting’ is a systematic approach to mobilising local woodland resource. This ambitious project proposes 9 model villages set along the M62 corridor that encompass woodland growth, ecology and healthy places, whilst addressing the climate crisis and supporting the British timber industry.
Currently there are two major tree diseases in the UK. The Forestry Commission is actively seeking to plant more diverse commercial forests to remove the risks associated with diseases and monoculture forests. Re-Foresting takes a whole system approach to mobilising woodland resource and proposes nine model villages set along the M62 corridor. These villages will grow and harvest diverse forests in order to build timber homes. Re-Foresting encompasses woodland development, ecology and healthy places, whilst addressing the climate crisis and supporting the British timber industry.
Leeds Beckett University
John Makepeace Award of £1500