Arborists targeted for their views on tree safety

The National Tree Safety Group has rolled out a major blueprint on tree management and is calling for response from the industry.

The group, which includes the Arboricultural Association, London Tree Officers' Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters, said it wanted to encourage a "reasonable and balanced" approach to management regimes.

The 85-page guidance document, called Bringing Common Sense to Tree Management, includes chapters on benefits of trees, understanding risks and the law.

"The NTSG believes that one fundamental concept should underlie the management of risks from trees," says the introduction to the draft guidance.

"Evaluation of what is reasonable should be based upon a balance between benefits and risk. This calculation can only be undertaken in a local context since trees provide many different types of benefit in a range of different circumstances."

The consultation on Bringing Common Sense to Tree Management runs until 21 June 2010,


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