Benefits of Trees in Urban Settings
The Great Debate
Urban trees have long been a subject of great debate with the benefits of urban greening compared with the cost implications of installation and maintenance. Plus, the success of a tree in an ‘unnatural’ environment is the responsibility of many parties from client, grower, landscape
architect, manufacturer, and contractor.
Urban environments are no longer just a car park, block of flats or highways, they are now places to aspire to live, work and socialise, offering a combination of functional areas with beautiful landscapes to enjoy. The landscape industry as a whole has pushed forward with urban
greening, encouraging, proposing, and incorporating landscapes into projects that would have traditionally focused on structural architecture.
Changes in weather are playing havoc with urban environments, increases in flashflooding,
lack of shade and coverage plus declining levels of biodiversity in cities are to name but a few. Urban trees offer many workable solutions to these problems, from reducing surface water run off through canopy coverage to drainage systems incorporated into their rooting space. The
solutions are often simple, yet effective with many success stories to shout about.
Whether it be costings, access, underground services, restricted rooting space, maintenance or public safety, urban trees can often present more problems at design stage than solutions. Over the years even the most challenging projects have found their own workable solutions resulting
in successful trees and landscapes with many benefits for the environment.
As the inclusion of urban trees increases within schemes and general awareness of their individual benefits becomes widely covered, their significance in projects will grow. Each year the projects we are involved with become more inspiring, creative, and adventurous with the
landscape industry leading the way in converting the masses to get outdoors and generate more awareness of our surroundings.
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