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.
Green is currently good politics, with ministers pledging funds for vast numbers of new urban and rural trees in the rush to bank public favour for tackling climate change and supporting nature.
Research commissioned by the National Tree Safety Group (2009) indicated that tree failures cause about six deaths and 55 serious injuries annually, and more than 75% occur on highways. However, very few of those incidents ever get to court (fewer than 2%).
UK satellite images after heavy rain show river estuaries engulfed by massive swirls of muddy-brown water extending out into the surrounding ocean blue. It is soil scoured from our mismanaged land because of Government policies that focus on food production at the expense of sustainability.
I wrote my first opinion column 10 years ago. After all that time, I would love to report trees are flourishing and the environment is thriving, but I can't.
The ambition to embrace a natural capital accounting management approach in the Government's draft 25-year environment plan is to be applauded.
Brisbane is hot and its people need trees for heat relief, so when an aggressive fungus, Phellinus noxious, began killing its biggest figs in 2006, the city reacted with a corporate programme to stop the rot.
Wandsworth London Borough Council is going to fell an historic avenue of horse chestnut trees on Tooting Bec Common based on 696 responses to its public consultation.
Drive anywhere in the UK and you will find tree planting on new developments in a dreadful state.
Some 50-60 million bison roamed the North American plains before European settlers began displacing indigenous peoples around 1800.
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.
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