In simple terms, arboriculture (pronounced “arbor-ee-culture”) is about taking an intelligent approach to managing trees, in order to maximise the benefits that they provide.
The beneficial effect of trees is now widely recognised as extending far beyond their aesthetic appeal as an obvious ornamental feature in a view. Research clearly demonstrates that trees enhance the quality of a person’s life directly and indirectly, in many different ways. Here a few examples of how trees make a positive difference to how and where we live:
- Increased property values
- Cooler urban environments during hot weather
- Reduced levels of air pollution
- Healthier lifestyles and improved mental wellbeing
Of course, trees can cause problems too. They may, amongst other things, block light, create mess, damage structures or give rise to concerns about safety.
So regardless of whether we are dealing with a single tree in a garden or a larger population of trees in different circumstances, good arboricultural practice is simply about applying expert knowledge and experience, to achieve a balance between people and trees that works.