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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.