Protecting trees from construction impacts

June 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Home or Office
Andrew Benson, PhD
Andrew completed his Ph.D. in December of 2019 in New Zealand where he currently works as a consulting arborist. His expertise and research interests focus on the interface between trees and the built environment and he continues to work towards improving our understanding of how trees and infrastructure interact.

With increased intensification in cities throughout the world, urban trees are often at risk of becoming damaged by construction impacts, such as utility trenching or pavement / sidewalk repair. If the damage is severe and a tree loses a lot of its roots, the consequences may result in tree failure, or tree removal due to subsequent poor health. In this presentation, we will look at some of the reasons why urban trees become damaged during construction and some of the more suitable methods available to prevent or limit that damage occurring. We’ll also look at some recent research which aims to improve what we know about the consequences of construction damage effects, and hopefully provide some useful tools to practitioners who work with roots on a regular basis.

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