‘The trees that touch us most are those that live among us, along our street, in the local park, beside our school or place of work’ (Tree Charter). For me this is especially true of the humble street tree, often overlooked in its modesty, maligned, or mistreated as much as it is sometimes revered. Each one planted however, represents a vison of the future, a living embodiment of hope for a better and healthier community. It is the tree that most of us encounter daily, a neighbour, or companion on our journey to work or school. It beautifies our streets; it creates pleasant places to live in; to travel through; and gives the visitor an immediate impression of how well the city is managed. Often planted in some of the harshest of conditions, it is the work horse of the urban tree population; on the frontline so to speak, cleaning the air, capturing rainfall, and reducing heat stress, and all to our benefit. Next time you look out of the window or walk down the street, stop, and take a moment to look at your fellow time traveller, if only to admire its tenacity and beauty.
By Matthew Magrath; Senior Arboricultural Officer, Cambridge City Council
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