Trees are amazing organisms which sometime seem to defy time and gravity. Yet whilst doing this, they are also providing habitats for a myriad of other organisms and providing many other benefits such as shade, inspiration or by being interesting features.
In modern urban life, trees and people come into conflict on a regular basis. Space is at a premium and high numbers of persons frequently come in close proximity to trees, many of which have been poorly managed. Despite generally being rather safe and healthy, steps should be taken to ensure this continuity where persons or property come into their proximity. In the UK, this comes under the form of a duty of care for landowners.
Competent monitoring of such trees through regular inspections and appropriate management recommendations and works will provide safe and healthy trees which can reach their full potential and provide humans with their many benefits in crowded urban settings.