Hewett, Philip

Urban Forest: Risk Started The Ball Rolling – So What Will Sustain It?

Philip Hewett, City Arborist, City of Newcastle NSW Introduction My 2003 essay, ‘As We Think – So We Manage’, considered how influential language was in shaping response to tree-infrastructure interactions. For government, insurers, utilities and many ‘asphalt-hardened’ engineers, tree removal was the first rather than the last consideration. In the words of architect and author Robin

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As we think – so we manage

This paper discusses risk management as it applies to urban amenity trees. My purpose is not to set out a particular authority’s model for review or to explain what risk management is – that has been extremely well covered in recent years – rather, it is to explore the reasons I believe tree risk management poses such difficulty to bringing it into routine practice…

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A short history of tree planting and a summary of content from key documents posted on the Newcastle City Council website on investigations into the Laman Street Hills Fig trees

The Newcastle City Council Tree Asset Management System (TAMS) records 109,000 street and park trees of which 1217 are the Hills Fig (Ficus microcarpa var Hilli). The Hills Fig public tree population comprises 832 semi-mature trees and 374 mature trees…

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WHAT’S MARKETING & BRANDING GOT TO DO WITH URBAN FOREST?

Philip Hewett, City of Newcastle, NSW Australia INTRODUCTION In 2006 the NSW Local Government Association (LGA) policy working group chaired by Newcastle City Councilor Ian McKenzie recommended the association apply for an Environmental Trust grant to establish a program promoting urban forestry to local government. At this time the working group also moved to sponsor me

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