Most fallen trees can stay where they are - Storm update
The Association is reminding arborists, landowners and their advisors that many of the fallen trees and branches resulting from the recent storms can simply be left where they lie, as they will encourage biodiversity. Of course, fallen trees that are causing inconvenience by blocking roads, paths and some formal areas will need to be cleared – much of this emergency work has already been completed - and checks on remaining trees in high occupancy areas should be carried out following a logical priority.
However, the rest of the fallen trees, away from public thoroughfares and safe from further collapse, will make fantastic homes for all sorts of biodiversity, and the space in the canopy they have vacated will allow germination of plants that have been just waiting for this moment to arise. Fungi too, are all ready to explore new food sources and, in the process, offer new habitats for invertebrates and other insects, creating opportunities for entire new ecosystems to evolve and develop.
Don’t let our obsession with tidiness extend beyond the absolutely necessary – let nature do the rest!
This past weekend, Arboricultural Association CEO John Parker Acknowledged the efforts of Arborists after recent storms: