TREECONOMICS has announced the appointment of Sir Harry Studholme as its new chairman.

Sir Harry’s relationship with Treeconomics dates back to the company’s first iTree report on theTorbay urban forest.

He has had a long interest in urban forestry and was chair of the Forestry Commission between 2013 and 2020. 

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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 an honorary professor of the Centre of Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter.

Founded by Kenton Rogers and Keith Sacre in 2011, Treeconomics uses the best available science to understand how trees enrich our urban spaces.

Kenton said: “It’s going to be fantastic to have the benefit of Sir Harry’s knowledge and experience.”

Sir Harry added: “Our urban trees bring nature into the heart of our cities and provide essential services to people. 

“Treeconomics has done a remarkable job in increasing the recognition and understanding of their critical role.”