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Health and safety concerns

Ancient and veteran trees provide a wide variety of benefits to society, and the overall risk to human safety is extremely low.

However, the public’s perception of the risk from trees can be disproportionally high, especially when there are reports of the rare occasions when falling trees or branches cause serious damage, injury or even death. Tree owners have a legal duty of care, and there is sometimes a threat to older trees from unnecessary or inappropriate approaches to tree safety management.

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