We're here to debunk some myths about trees, plants, roots and anything in between. We'd love to hear from you if you have a good idea for a subject for this page - call us on 0845 643 1161 or email [email protected]

Myth #1 Ivy will kill my tree

Ivy is not a parasite and it can provide significant ecological benefits. We look at the facts about this prolific climber.

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Myth #2 Is that tree safe?

There is no easy answer to this common question. However evidence-based risk assessment can provide balanced advice, helping to avoid both potential danger and unnecessary felling.

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Myth #3 Tree roots will damage my house

How trees and vegetation affect the built environment depends on many factors.

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Myth #4 Some trees are not worth keeping

Think all oaks are protected? Perhaps you see sycamores and even ash as nothing more than weeds. We think it's time to speak up for under-valued trees and argue against species prejudice.

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Myth #5 We don't need to worry about the tree protection plan

Protecting trees on a development site requires understanding and collaboration - and a shift in attitude.

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Myth #6 It doesn't matter how you cut back a tree

Well actually, it does. Over zealous cuts can at best look ugly and at worst can damage a tree and put it at risk.

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Myth #7 Old and dying trees are not worth keeping

Ancient and veteran trees are more than logs in waiting. They are precious ecosystems, supporting a delicate balance of flora and fauna and should be treated accordingly.

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