Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell — who chaired part of the Arboricultural Association's conference this week at the University of Exeter — has stressed that tree planting will not mitigate climate change.
However, trees can play a role in helping towns and cities adapt to the challenges of climate change, such as flooding and increased temperatures.
"We are on the brink of disaster right now," said Barrell, during the Arb Association conference's second day on Tuesday (22 September).
"[Climate change] Mitigation and adaptation are the big issues. But planting trees in towns will make no difference whatsoever in mitigation.
"However, in terms of adaptation we can make our environments much better and it is that area we can play a role in.
"That is the role for arboriculturalists in the near future."
For more on the Arb Association conference — which was held on 21-23 September — see 2 October issue of Horticulture Week magazine.
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