Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Trees–An Undervalued Resource?

Trees deliver a wide range of benefits and add value to our lives; however, trees are often viewed as potential liabilities or negative costs.

New trees are generally planted with good intention but suffer from poor species selection, inappropriate planting methods and a lack of maintenance.

Existing trees are often unmanaged until a problem, nuisance or danger occurs.

I believe that trees and shrubs, whether grown individually or collectively should be valued as a quantifiable living resource, a natural capital.

Investing in trees and their proactive, strategic management makes economic sense; such an investment can deliver social and environmental benefits as well as a tangible financial return.

The importance of establishing, expanding and managing a diverse and resilient tree population has never been greater.

Trees have a key role to play in mitigating the effects of an unpredictable changing climate and the ongoing expansion and development of the built environment.