Having attended the Trees in the Built Environment conference last
year, I heard plenty about the benefits of the urban forest and why we
should increase canopy cover. Maybe we should forget about all that
strategic stuff about trees and wellbeing/ climate change adaptation
and just get rid because a few locals have a grievance.
From: Moray Simpson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: UK Tree Care <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:33
Subject: Re: 'People are scared of trees'
Before we go getting ourselves more "canopy cover," we should perhaps do
something about making sure the canopy cover we've already got is
appropriately managed. I don't particularly see that doing something to thin
out these planting schemes that were stuck in in the 60s/70s and then not
been touched since, would reduce canopy cover, more likely it would ensure it
persevered, no? You don't have to look far round here to see 40 year old
schemes that would benefit from some proactive management. There was a
definite policy hereabouts of "let the trees look after themselves," perhaps
along with "while we get on with the more important cutting the grass...."
Not that I'm saying your skepticism isn't well-founded Moray, after all a
Politician also agreed with the whingers, which doesn't lend much strength to
the argument in my book!
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