Posts Tagged ‘arboriculture’

NPPF Planning Changes for 2021

Friday, July 30th, 2021

‘planning policies and decisions should ensure that new streets are tree-lined, that opportunities are taken to incorporate trees elsewhere in developments (such as parks and community orchards)’

This is the statement in the new National Planning and Policy Framework (NPPF) document which really caught our eye. We are fans of trees, there is no denying that. Trees can make a development and quite literally break one.

The architects journal linked above has a great article for any architects or developers aiming to understand the impact of the latest changes to this policy.

Trees on developments, both the old and the new are vital to our environment, they bring a sense of scale, of permanency as well as visual interest, screening, sound insulation and grounding. They help us to adjust to the seasons, the colour of autumn and the austerity of winter, the enthusiasm of spring and a welcome shady bower in summer.

BUT the wrong tree can cause catastrophic damage through roots, wind damage, out growing of their space or failure to thrive.

As well as aiding our clients to achieve the plans they desire, we offer guidance and advice on how to maintain a well balanced, collaborative blend of trees and built environment. One that is future proofed.

The full document is linked here.

House of Lords debate

Friday, February 28th, 2020

“It is important to recognise and make full use of the expertise in tree care provided by organisations such as the Arboricultural Association. It trains and sets standards for tree surgeons, is involved in every aspect of tree planting and maintenance, and has its finger on the pulse of tree health in this country like no other organisation.”

Lord Framlingham

Hear hear!!! We couldn’t have put it better ourselves Lord Framlingham, and other peers, stood up and spoke about the arboriculture of this country in a thoroughly impressive manner on the 13th February – whilst we are saddened that there is the need to have these debates, we are thrilled that there is a growing public awareness of Arboriculture as a science and a service, that people should be taking advice when planting and managing woodlands and individual trees.

Tree ownership can be a costly business, not just the purchasing and planting, but the ongoing maintenance too. We have all experienced the negative aspects of trees, from the sap produced by sycamore aphids to the irritating thorns from a native hawthorn puncturing tyres. However, the right tree in the right place is a joy to behold. Size of course, is always a critical factor. So often with slow growing native trees they are left to grow unhampered by pruning or shaping, and it isn’t until it has well outgrown it’s intended spot that owners (or neighbours) think to manage the tree or hedging which can often be too late.

We think that responsible tree ownership should be on everyone’s minds. Alongside the well publicised environmental campaigns to increase the tree count, there needs to be education about choosing and planting the right tree for your space. Pests and diseases are hugely important in this, and they are not going to disappear. As are the more common irks about size, leaves and light.

So don’t forget money spent getting good advice now can save a lot of money being spent dealing with the consequences of impulsive choices or delayed management in the future.