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Dec
19
2007

Dangerous trees?

Arboricultural Journal 2007, Vol. 30, pp. 95–103

 This is the published version of a paper prepared for a conference on The Future of Tree Risk Management, held in London on 15 September 2006.

 Abstract
Britain, in the view of former Prime Minister Blair, is “in danger of having a wholly disproportionate attitude to the risks we should expect to run as a normal part of life. … The result is a plethora of  rules, guidelines, responses to ‘scandals’ of one nature or another that ends up having utterly perverse consequences.” My introduction to the world of tree risk management in Britain leads me to the conclusion that it is disproportionately risk averse and is having “utterly perverse consequences”. Read full article (PDF)

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