A while back, I helped New Forest District Council prepare a policy for the maintenance of trees. This was subsequently agreed by all members of the Council and published on the Council website. Here is the link, with lots of information detailing what the Council and residents, can and cannot do.
The very basic rule is for trees to be allowed to grow naturally. They won't be pollarded just because it is a big tree. They are inspected regularly for safety issues and following reports of any concerns.
There are negatives to living near trees. Roots can be an issue. There is always a risk of a branch or even the tree itself falling (despite the best inspection). It is something you have just to accept if we are to have trees near our homes. Some people get upset that trees interfere with TV reception. It isn't generally accepted as a valid reason to lop branches. Some people hate the fact that they get leaf litter and acorns in the garden.
At the other end of the equation, trees provide many, many, benefits. They help wildlife. They improve air quality. They provide shade. They look attractive. It's always good to be living closer to nature. Trees are our best friends!
I think climate change is affecting trees. However, cutting them down or even cutting them back just accelerates the problem. We need to live with them and celebrate the fact that we have them. I once visited Blackpool. I didn't see a single tree growing anywhere except for a rather "out of place" palm tree on the sea front.
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