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BTC/149/2021 - Opinion ... Urban epidemic is no picnic for trees

You might be in for a nasty surprise if you go down to a park today. The odds are that you will see a catalogue of green space mismanagement and degraded community assets, all financed by the public purse. Expensive and excessive grass mowing is degrading habitat diversity and new trees are dying because of poor-quality design, installation and basic maintenance. The most damaging impact is basal trunk wounding by strimmers and ride-on mowers, preventing many young trees ever reaching maturity.

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