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BTC/91/2014 - BS 8545: more of the same or something different? Municipal Tree Officer’s Association Newsletter (Summer 2014)

Urban canopy cover; why does it matter?

In February 2007, I attended a four-day Consulting Academy in Sacramento, California, run by the American Society of Consulting Arborists. We stayed in the Downtown Hilton and from the balcony of the ninth floor, there was a panoramic view out over the city (photo 1). It is an image that remains engrained in my mind because it graphically demonstrated a dominant urban character of buildings set within a treed landscape. Most disturbing was that this was not the way that many British towns and cities looked, where character is dominated by buildings, with a few trees fitted in here and there, where there is space.

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