Mark Roberts* from thoughtplanters gave a fascinating talk about the fear of urban trees and suggested there were dark forces at play behind the scenes.
Beware "the fear industry" he said, " - those with a vested interest in keeping us scared".
Like the media for instance.
He also provided some interesting stats.
Like this for instance:
The odds of being killed by a tree in a public place?
The odds of being killed by heart disease?
Yet which creates the greatest fear?
There is an estimated 250 billion trees in the United States yet there are only 100 tree-related deaths a year. On the other hand there are 900 "sheep-related" deaths in the United States every year. (Yes, sheep. Don't ask I reckon.)
It was all rather amusing but it was also making a serious point: that our fear of trees is irrational. But it's important nonetheless because it's negatively impacting our ability to create canopy.
Education I guess.
* Everything Mark said could be untrue - he's a Kiwi