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Two LTOA members Barcham Trees and Hillier Nurseries were at the Chelsea Flower show May 2011.
An innovative 200 square metre green wall on a central London Tube station wall designed to trap pollution on one of London’s busiest roads, was unveiled today.
The visually stunning green wall has taken just a month to install and, as well as having practical environmental benefits, is an attractive leafy addition to Marylebone Road.
It features a total of 15 plant varieties crafted into a multi-coloured and patterned design. Studies across Europe and the USA have shown the potential of vegetation, including trees and plants, to trap PM10. The air quality benefits of this wall will be monitored by scientists from Imperial College London.
During a recent visit to London, I had the pleasure of meeting two dedicated LTOs, Richard Edwards (Croydon) and David Houghton (Camden). I’m an urban forester from Brisbane City. Brisbane City Council covers just over 1300 square kilometers, includes around 1 million residents, an estimated 575,000 street trees and total tree canopy cover of 46%.
Like many other international urban tree managers I’ve had the privilege to meet over my 20 years in local government, Richard and David were keen to share their local successes and challenges.
I was particularly interested in the role of local government in tree disputes between neighbours, and the processes and learnings coming from the UK High Hedges legislation. The Neighbourhood Dispute Resolution (NDR) Act (www.neighbourhooddisputes.qld.gov.au) has recently commenced in my home state of Queensland. Although our NDR covers disputes about property damage, injury and loss of enjoyment, including obstruction of sunlight and pre-existing views, a separate Tribunal, with appointed, qualified Tree Assessors, are the decision makers, rather than local authorities.