Jeremy Barrell is the Managing Director of Barrell Tree Consultancy. He is a prolific international speaker and writer, specialising in urban tree management, tree safety and heritage trees.
A new Government is a new start, and with it comes new hope that past failures can be recognised to shape a future with brighter prospects. Despite the losers' lament that change is inevitably bad, the opportunities for betterment are everywhere.
For anyone confused about trusting politicians, the 2009 MP expenses scandal provided some useful insights. If that wasn't convincing enough, then the wild extremes of political speculation emerging from the EU referendum debate should be enough to remove any doubt.
Plane wilt is a vascular disorder similar to Dutch elm disease and just as deadly, evidenced by its devastating impact in France. Just one short boat trip away and a London without plane trees will be the reality, not some remote scenario way down the list of national priorities.
Amazon basin soils are often poor and once the forest has been slashed and burned they become increasingly unproductive, driving people to slash more and burn more.
I heard that more than 1,000 street trees had been felled over four months in Sheffield, with many more for the chop in 2016, so I visited to see for myself.
Highways are an obvious source of human discomfort - poisonous gases, particulate pollution, sweat-inducing heat storage and flood-causing rainwater runoff, to name a few.
Protecting trees through tree preservation orders was historically a good idea but the modern reality is somewhat different. Similarly, conservation areas effectively protect local character, but to apply those same principles to trees is a step too far.
The UK planning system does not work very well for trees.
From biosecurity to planning guidance to climate change resilience, Government policy on urban trees is in disarray.
With the general election only months away, the political scramble for the green vote is imminent. How many times have we heard pre-election promises to be "the greenest Government ever" and then consistently seen politicians of all colours fail to deliver?
Trees damage services, take up too much space and cost too much money; three historic myths that are real barriers to modern urban greening. Of course, the evidence does not support these misconceptions, but they still remain commonly quoted reasons not to plant new trees.
When a death arises in unnatural circumstances, an inquest is a fact-finding public enquiry to establish who has died as well as how, when and where the death occurred (www.judiciary.gov.uk).
When a death arises in unnatural circumstances, an inquest is a fact-finding public inquiry to establish who has died as well as how, when and where the death occurred (www.judiciary.gov.uk).
The recent inquest into the death of a young woman at Kew Gardens in 2012 caused by a falling branch from a mature cedar raised important tree-risk management questions. After lengthy proceedings, a jury found that there was insufficient evidence to decide on the cause of branch failure.
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