Trees and hedgerows form an important part of our environment and in the delivery of sustainable development. The retention and planting of new trees and hedges are crucial for environmental, social and economic reasons.
Trees contribute considerably to the amenity of the landscape and street scene, add maturity to new developments, make places more attractive, and help soften the built environment by enhancing views, breaking up view lines and screening unattractive buildings and undesirable views.
Additionally, there is a substantial body of research that supports the economic, environmental and social benefits that trees bring to urban areas and the contributions that they make to people’s quality of life and sense of wellbeing.
Improve the environmental performance of buildings and therefore the economic performance through reducing heating and cooling costs
Provide mature landscapes that increase development site values
Assist the increase of property values as trees grow
Create a positive perception for prospective purchasers of property
Enhance the prospects of securing planning permission
Improve health in the urban population, thus reducing healthcare costs
Provide a potential long-term renewable energy resource.
Reduce localised temperature extremes
Provide shade, making streets and buildings cooler in summer
Produce oxygen and store carbon
Help improve air quality by absorbing pollutants
Help to reduce traffic noise, absorbing and deflecting sound
Help to reduce local wind speeds
Increase biodiversity and provide food and shelter for wildlife
Intercept and absorb rainfall thereby reducing flood risk
Improve the quality and perception of the urban environment.
Create community focal points and landmark links
Create sense of place and local identity
Benefit communities socially by instilling higher public esteem and pride for an area
Positive impact on both physical and mental health and wellbeing
Positive impact on crime reduction
All too often trees are subjected to heavy pruning, lopping or topping. Often this is not required and ends up causing damage to the trees and shortening their lives. We at Arbor Cultural believe that less is more in terms of tree surgery, with it often being more beneficial for a lighter touch.
All tree work recommendations will comply with the relevant British Standard BS3998 Tree Work – Recommendations (2010), unless otherwise specified in a report, with a clear justification for any deviation from the standard.
Trees also have significant heritage value. This is being increasingly eroded as many large and medium sized trees are being removed as they become unsafe or are simply in the way of proposed development or infrastructure.
Where trees are planted to replace those removed, often they are not given the correct conditions or management they require to enable them to reach maturity. Tree planting should be undertaken in accordance with the new British Standard, BS8545 Young Trees: From Nursery to Independence in the Landscape (2014). Frequently trees of a smaller final size are selected, which will not provide anything like the same amount of benefits.