LEAF works in partnership with charities, government, businesses and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure that the research conducted at the University of Leeds has a tangible and beneficial impact.
United Bank of Carbon
The United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is a collaboration between established businesses and academics from the University of Leeds, working together with the aim of reducing tropical deforestation. UBoC enables businesses to choose a specific project to partner with that has synergies with their own organisation or brand. Since 2009, experts at the University of Leeds have been rigorously checking rainforest projects across the globe and have established an impressive database of projects, run by various NGOs in several countries. To date, UBoC and its supporters have protected over 250,000 hectares of rainforest. LEAF gratefully acknowledges financial support from UBoC.
Working with the BBC, UBoC and the Woodland Trust, we devised the Terrific Scientific Trees Investigation. Terrific Scientific is a major 18 month UK-wide campaign to bring practical science into the nation’s classrooms and homes. As part of Terrific Scientific, children aged 9-11 learned about the importance of the trees in and around their school grounds and collected data to send to scientists here at LEAF.
The Parks and Countryside team at Leeds City Council currently manages around 4,000 hectares of green-space, including 1,300 hectares of woodland. In the short-term, this collaboration will see the establishment of the Leeds Forest Observatory and the first stage of the i-Tree Leeds project during 2017.
The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust are the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity.
From 2018 they will be joining the Leeds4Trees team to find out more about the benefits provided by urban trees in Leeds during the second phase of the i-Tree Leeds project, due to take place in Summer 2018.
We are collaborating with the Sustainability Service as part of their innovative Living Lab programme. Through this partnership we conducted a survey of the trees on the University of Leeds campus and evaluated the benefits they are providing. We are now working with the University to ensure that our findings are taken into account during future development planning.
Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate
We are working closely with the new Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) at the University of Leeds. Our partnership with CEMAC has enabled the presentation of air quality data online, as part of the Air Pollution Garden project and the Living Lab for Air Quality.
If your organisation would like to be involved with our work, please contact us.