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Re: CAVAT and the elephant and castle regeneration project

Subject: Re: CAVAT and the elephant and castle regeneration project
From: Jerry Ross
Date: Nov 08 2019 08:14:27
Not about the Elephant & Castle and not about raising cash, but JIm: you say "CAVAT is a valuation method for publicly-owned trees" - Indeed, that is what Chris Neilen set it up for. But is there any reason why it should not be used for privately owned trees?

Any cash value put on such unquantifiable things as amenity and ecological importance is going to be more or less arbitrary, but it can make people think twice about destroying a tree if one can say that it has been valued at, say, £20,000. Is there a reason why it should be invalid to use this system for a tree that's NOT in public ownership?

On 08/11/2019 07:44, Jim Quaife wrote:
CAVAT is a valuation method for publically-owned trees and whereas I 
understand its original purpose (and attended one of Chris' earlier 
presentations along with occasional updates and his last seminar), it seems 
now that there is a trend emerging for it to be used to generate cash.
The significant ecological and environmental value of trees is beyond 
dispute, but there is of course a potential conflict of interest in that an 
LPA could be seen to be agreeing to the loss of trees on cash return basis.
I don't have any indication from the few encounters I have had that there is 
any profound thinking behind this in terms of the potential repercussions and 

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: 07 November 2019 15:49
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: CAVAT and the elephant and castle regeneration project

Good afternoon

I am doing some with with colleagues on natural capital and net environmental 
gain and I remembered the work done at the elephant and castle redevelopment 
using cavat to calculate the on and off site compensation.

Given all the current press on net gain and “Nat cap”, this scheme was really 
at the vanguard.

Does anyone have a report or more information?

Thank you

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