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Re: RE: RE: Statistical Risk vs Ecosystem Services - does this compute?

Subject: Re: RE: RE: Statistical Risk vs Ecosystem Services - does this compute?
From: Julian Morris
Date: Dec 04 2019 14:40:59
I agree. We must be using different dictionaries.

Julian A. Morris - Professional Tree Services
jamtrees.co.uk  and  highhedgesscotland.com
0778 XXX XXXX - 0141 XXX XXXX


Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 at 1:01 PM
From: "Jim Quaife" <jq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: RE: Statistical Risk vs Ecosystem Services - does this compute?

We just have to disagree Julian.
Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Julian Morris
Sent: 04 December 2019 12:43
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: RE: Statistical Risk vs Ecosystem Services - does this compute?

Jim, this havse come up before and I explained at length why I disagreed 
with your suggestion that tree failures are random. I still disagree with 
you. The timing of individual failures can be a result of complex things 
and may not always be foreseeable, but it's not random. The whole idea of 
tree risk assessment is that the law expects a reasonable person to act on 
foreseeable harm or damage, and so people like us are employed to assess 
trees to see if all the complex things come together and amount to 
'foreseeable'. In those cases the failure is demonstrably not random, and 
since it's part of a continuum with an arbitrary acceptable/unacceptable 
line marked on it, no unforeseeable tree falures are random either. 
I'd give you "The problem with tree incidents is that they are complex, 
such that objective quantification and prediction is often so imprecise 
that they appear random."


Julian A. Morris - Professional Tree Services
jamtrees.co.uk  and  highhedgesscotland.com
0778 XXX XXXX - 0141 XXX XXXX


Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2019 at 12:07 PM
From: "Jim Quaife" <jq@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk>
To: "UK Tree Care" <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: Statistical Risk vs Ecosystem Services - does this compute?

Hi Chris,
The problem with tree risk statistics is that in the science of stats 
they are not significant - I didn't know this but I have been educated by 
someone who does.
I thought that statistical significance was to do with the sample size, 
but it is not. Significance is determined by the absence of randomness.  
This is not always possible and so stats which contain randomness have to 
be adjusted to compensate, and that usually means that the reliance one 
can put upon them decreases proportionately.
The problem with tree incidents is that they are random.
We like think that our tree surveys are comprehensive and professional 
(which they are - hopefully) but accurate prediction of tree failures is 
virtually unheard of.  We specify work that requires attention where we 
can anticipate failure, but we have absolutely no idea whether in so 
doing we have actually prevented an incident.  Intuitively we think we 
have of course and I do not question the integrity of surveyors (myself 
included!), but there is no way we can prove it.
Regretfully it follows that any calculations based on a random data are 
of questionable worth in actuality.   Interesting yes, but applicable?
We all love numbers as they provide reassurance (particularly to insurers 
who hover over all this), but I would be very wary of basing any sort of 
policy or programme on such calculations.
Although it may sound "woolly", tree risk assessments are justifiable 
because the alternative of not conducting them is not.
Jim  

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Corder, Chris
Sent: 04 December 2019 11:43
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Statistical Risk vs Ecosystem Services - does this compute? 

Dear all, 

I am a sad case. I only have numbers to comfort me.
So I was wondering where the risk-benefit of trees might lie.
Maybe someone has already done this?
If not, does the following compute?

For arguments sake...lets agree that the background of risk of death in 
'public spaces' in the UK seems to be in the order of 1/10,000,000
Lets also assume/agree that the Value of Statistical Life is £2M
6 deaths per year = value of risk of £12M per year
“A value of statistical life of £1,000,000 is just another way of saying 
that a reduction in risk of death of 1/100,000 per year has a value of 
£10 per year” (HSE, 1996)"
Therefore, divide £12M by 1/10,000,000 = risk value of £1.20
The i-Tree Eco London study found that 8,421,000 trees provided 
£132,700,000 per year of ecosystem services i.e. £15 per tree per year 
(or near as damn it). So lets assume £15 per tree might be about right.
£15 eco value per tree/£1.20 risk value = 12.5
So...is it right to say that the background risk from trees would need to 
be 12.5 times greater before the ecosystem benefits start to become 
outweighed?
If so, then presumably the background risk from trees could increase to 
somewhere in the region of 1/800,000 before the risk starts to outweigh 
ecosystem benefits?
(Which is sort of where the Tolerable/Broadly Acceptable region of the 
ToR Framework lies...is this coincidence?) 

Does this compute or have I gone start raving mad?

p.s. I get the daily digest...so I won't see any replies in real time. So 
thanks in advance. And sorry in advance for delay in reply. 

All the best, 
Chris 

Christopher Corder PDArb (RFS), BSc (Hons) in arboriculture, MArborA
Assistant Arboricultural Manager
Hampshire Highways 
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-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
<uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> On Behalf Of Alastair Durkin
Sent: 03 December 2019 08:56
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: RE: Replacement trees in an area TPO

Hi Jon the situation is this:

If you have an area TPO and allow a tree to be removed, subject to 
replacement planting then you MUST either make a new TPO on the 
replacement OR formally 'vary' the TPO to include the new individual 
tree. Otherwise the tree is not protected. 

The 'C' business is for giving effect to planning conditions under s197, 
it's not for TPO app conditions. See section 4 of the model order. 

Hope this helps.

Alastair


-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
<uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info> On Behalf Of Jon Heuch
Sent: 01 December 2019 14:14
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Replacement trees in an area TPO

Good folk of uktc

 

Remind me what should happen if the removal of a protected tree covered 
by an area order is allowed, but a condition is given to plant a 
replacement tree? The order may or may not contain separate individual 
protected trees.

 

The order can't be altered to include an individual tree shown within the 
protected area, can it?

 

The tree officer who gave permission will remember but what is there on 
record to show a protected replacement tree? The replacement tree will 
clearly be younger than the order, so not seemingly protected to 
subsequent tree officers.

 

Do area orders get conditional replacement trees? Do they get Tree 
Replacement Notices?

 

Is this just a failing of the Area order?

 

Jon

 

 




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