Progress and Impact Study What the charity has achieved so far We’ve been planting trees since the early 1990s but we hadn’t really taken stock of what that meant for the local area, in detail, until we commissioned a Progress and Impacts study, with the support of our partners Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Natural England and the Forestry Commission. The study Progress and Impacts Study Summary (2018) The study looked at the key social, economic and environmental benefits of the Forest and the impact its creation has had on the local area – basically everything from improving air quality, to creating jobs and boosting the local economy. Every single tree makes a difference, and we’ve planted 1.5 million so far, so as you can imagine – the study showed that we’ve had a huge impact so far. The full document is a fairly long read , but the summary document highlights the key things we’ve achieved so far – from increasing tree cover from 3% to 15.4%, to saving the NHS a staggering £4.95m a year. We’re patting ourselves on the back a bit here, but we think it’s deserved! Progress and Impacts Study Full (2017) For more information on either the Progress and Impacts Study or any of our work, send us an email or give us a call on 01234 767037.