A History of Tree Surgery
The History of Tree Surgery
One of the most fascinating aspects of past uses for trees is the science behind them. For example, elm was commonly used for coffins, as the wood does not rot in anaerobic conditions. On the other hand, alder rots easily, however, it burns well, making it ideal for charcoal. Ash is strong and flexible, leading to previous societies using it for weaponry, and the soft elasticity of lime made it perfect for rope. Additionally, lime blossom was used in tea during the war. The length of time taken by oak to grow may be considered a disadvantage in some situations, however, its ability to stave off rot for extremely long periods of time made it a good candidate for house construction.
It is clear that trees have played a significant role in the development of our society: to take a ‘chop chop’ approach seems incredibly disrespectful towards one of the resources we, as humans, have grown up with. In order to promote this attitude, approaches such as implementing ‘tree education’ in schools and through the media have been suggested. If an understanding of the ‘human aspects’ of forestry can be achieved, perhaps so too can an understanding of why protection of our trees is so important.
Words courtesy of: Annabel Struthers
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