26 Nov '13, 1pm

New Blog: Let's make a plan to 'grow' not 'plant' more urban trees by @RethinkTrees #urbantrees

In an article in The Telegraph last week , Tony Russell wrote emotionally about the role trees have played in his life, starting as a little boy walking to school in the 1960s and 70s, past rows of majestic horse chestnuts and London planes. Without even realizing it, the trees formed a backdrop for his memories and a path for his life’s work. Later in the piece, Russell identifies some of the major threats facing modern day trees, including drought, rising temperatures, invasive pests, and other maladies. I would like to add one of the biggest impediments to mature, healthy tree growth: available soil. Urban areas are, by nature, heavily engineered and generally covered with impermeable surfaces. Heavy engineering involves practices that are antithetical to tree growth, particularly the compaction of soils. Many factors affect how a tree grows, but not all factors affect ...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/opinion/lets-make-plan-grow-not-plan...

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