"Significant increase" in Dutch tree failure damage and compensation payouts, study finds

There has been a significant increase in both the annual frequency of incidents of damage due to tree failure caused by natural processes, and in the level of compensation claimed and paid out for such damage, according to a new Dutch study.

image: Pieter Edelman
image: Pieter Edelman

The study by Wageningen University & Research found that compensation paid by municipalities averaged €2,244 (£1,585) per paid compensation, while compensation arising from lawsuits averaged €45,674 (£32,260), a figure showing "a statistically significant annual increase", the researchers said. The frequency of such claims did not rise.

Published in the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, the paper is based on analysis of 1,610 cases of urban tree failure in the Netherlands between the early sixties and 2010, dealt with either by municipalities or through the courts.

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