How the UK's trees protect us from wind, heat and flooding and improve wellbeing
Simon Richmond, senior technical officer with the Arboricultural Association gave me a riveting explanation of how trees play an important role in global terms, in our cities, towns and villages and in our lives at their “ARB show” at Westonbirt’s National Arboretum.
The government's announcement of increasing the planting of new trees is welcome. But the biggest immediate benefits will come from mapping and managing the mature stock we already have. The raw truth is that we don’t know what we’ve got and so most of it is not managed.
Unmanaged trees are pray to neglect and wastage. We must commit public resources to map and build our management capacity. It’s good for us as individuals, as communities and as a planet.