Green is Good! And we can prove it!!

In case it were needed, here's more evidence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Journal website that street trees have quantifiable positive effects on our well-being and health. The research was done in Canada and correlates data about 530,000 trees with health data relating to 30,000 Toronto residents. Here's just one snippet: The results demonstrate ...

London Plane 1 Developers 0

Last week, the London Evening Standard ran a rather reassuring story about the thwarted ambitions of a property developer who was attempting to build a three storey subterranean basement complex under his Holland Park home. The development was thrown out by Kensington & Chelsea Planning because the work would have involved cutting through the roots ...

Health Trees, Healthy People – Arboricultural Association Conference

Following on from an increasing body of evidence of the link between human health (physical and psychological) and the wider green environment, the Arboricultural Association is holding a conference this September in London on the subject. It will run for three days between 14-17 September at The Royal Holloway, University of London. Details here: http://www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-ConferenceAnd here's a reminder of ...

Preaching to the converted …

Link to BBC News website: Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellersWell, no surprise to us, but yet more research to link the considerable benefits of local green space, this time from a UK university who have been collating the data from 5,000 households (10,000 adults) as they move throughout the UK over a period of seventeen ...

Philly cheese … or …

According to research just published by Temple University, Philadelphia, in their publication Landscape and Urban Planning, there is some evidence to suggest that the presence of trees and green space helps to reduce the incidence of assaults and robberies. Another reason for celebrating our leafy corner of Lewisham! Read more here: http://grist.org/news/do-trees-fight-crime-in-philadelphia/

Ash clouds … and silver linings …

Whilst the recent news of this potentially devastating fungal disease hits the news, this Radio 4 program by the Saving Species team discusses ash dieback and other tree diseases and our complicated relationship with tree planting in general. Whilst mostly relevant to forestry planting, it is also relevant to urban tree planting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nxh4qAs Tree Wardens we ...

Ash clouds …

Well, the news of the ash disease chalara fraxinea hit the headlines again on Friday with the government calling a meeting of the COBRA committee, usually reserved for discussing national disasters and terrorism. Perhaps at last this issue is getting the attention it deserves (see here). Whatever you make of the recriminations of the arboriculturalists who apparently warned the ...

Life Without Trees II

I spoke too soon. This unwelcome news on the BBC News today about a new threat to our native ash, which is the fourth most common broadleaf species in our native woodland:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20079657and here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20128643 [29.10.12]The thought that this might be the 'Dutch Elm Disease' of our era is very very worrying. It comes on the heels of another ...

LA Largesse

"Four hundred trees had to be cut down to make way for Endeavour's wingspan. The city has promised to plant 1,000 replacements" BBC News Well, at least we don't have to worry about retired space shuttles being rolled down our leafy streets!This item on today's BBC News made me smile:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19935264