Living with Trees
Includes advice and information regarding BT cables and overhead power lines, trees as sound barriers and the risk of trees causing harm or injury.
- BT Cables, Telegraph Poles and TreesThere are no statutory minimum clearances for trees adjacent to telephone cables nor are there any industry guidelines for recommended distances.
- Honey Fungus - The Root of All Evil?Most species of honey fungus are saprophytic and only degrade dead or dying woody material. It is essential to identify the species of honey fungus present before embarking on any course of remedial action.
- How Old is My Tree?Estimating the age of a tree is as much art as science. There are at least half a dozen different methods, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Ivy on Trees - Good, Bad or Indifferent?Ivy is an essential part of the wildlife habitat however there are times when it is advisable to control its growth and development.
- Native TreesThere are generally accepted to be 33 native trees and of these, 5 are evergreen including 3 conifers.
- Overhead Power Lines and TreesDistrict Network Operators are currently required by law (Electricity Act 1989) to keep trees clear of OHPLs for reasons of public safety.
- Sound Barriers : The Use of Trees and Shrubs to Reduce NoiseSolid barriers such as fences or mounds of earth are frequently used as sound barriers, but where space permits, trees and shrubs can also be effective in reducing noise.
- Television Reception and TreesTrees can and do have an adverse effect on television reception. The adverse effect can be reduced or resolved by the choice and positioning of aerials, tree surgery works or a combination thereof.
- Trees and Climate ChangePredicting the effects of climate change on trees is difficult. The following is a best guess of possible effects based on current research and recent evidence.
- How Long Do Trees Live?This list gives the estimated or likely ages for some of the trees in Britain.
- Risk of Trees Causing Injury or DeathMany people consider trees to be a major hazard and to pose a significant risk of injury. The actual risk of an injury being caused by a tree or part of a tree failing is very low compared to other risks encountered in daily or normal life.
- The Benefits of TreesSome of these benefits of trees are tangible and can be readily appreciated by the 5 senses others are intangible but nevertheless very real.