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.
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.
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