In Defence of Trees: The Role of Historic and Sentimental Value in Tree Removal

Tree RemovalIn the 2010 movie Flipped, Madeline Carroll plays the role of Julie Baker, a girl who devoutly believes in the sanctity of trees. In the film, Julie opposes the removal of her beloved sycamore tree by staying up in the branches for hours and protesting its excision. Despite her opposition, a group of landscapers still cut down the tree and Julie became depressed afterwards.

When a tree has a historic and sentimental value, it is easy to justify reasons to salvage it. A plant, which has become a part of the family, stood the test of time, and grew along with kids, is just hard to let go. The emotional connection, you may think, is enough to let the tree sit in your backyard, overlooking potential problems and dangers.

Opposing Removal

Tree Fellers notes that the decision to take down a tree with great sentimental value can be one of the most difficult things to make. Sure, there are plenty of reasons not to remove it, especially when it gives the house or a neighbourhood a distinct identity. You may enumerate all the benefits of trees, just to defend and oppose its removal.

Don’t Compromise Safety

It’s hard to compete with history, but when the tree compromises family and community safety, removal may be necessary. This is especially true for damaged trees, those with large dead branches and leaning trees. Mature plants under power lines may also need to be removed, as electricity can cause property damage or power failure during wet weather. It is not always advisable to have trees that hang over the roof. It is important to keep in mind that tree should be at least 20 feet away from the house.

The importance of trees to humans and the environment are well recognised, with benefits that include increasing biodiversity, reducing pollution, saving energy and adding beauty to landscapes and properties. When trees, however obstruct properties with no ample space available for growth, it is best for it to be removed.