Public interest boost for arb

Arboriculture firms could benefit from the increased political and public interest in trees and the environment, according to a leading tree officer.

London Tree Officers Association chairman Oliver Stutter told HW he believed evidence of the link between trees and climate adaptation could benefit the sector.

"There will be a handbrake on spending soon but trees are a prime example of 'invest to save' because of their impacts on climate change," explained Stutter.

"There is compelling evidence from the University of Manchester's research and the NHS Heatwave campaign about the cooling effects of trees, which help prove we need to invest in larger street trees."

The issue of trees and climate change adaptation is one of the key themes that will be explored during the Arboricultural Association's annual conference on 20-23 September at the University of Exeter.

During the conference, the University of Manchester's reader in ecology Dr Roland Ennos will share his research on the vital role of trees in cooling cities and preventing urban flooding.

Forestry Commission climate change programme manager Mark Broadmeadow and Woodland Trust head of conservation policy Mike Townsend will give a keynote address at the conference, focusing on trees and climate adaptation.

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