System Over Roots by Cafe Area
Protecting existing trees makes good financial and social sense. The value of an existing tree is difficult to calculate and there is potential for huge fines from the local authority if TPO’d trees are damaged or removed. Mature trees also have a wide effect in terms of secondary benefits, such as the shade they provide as well as the visual impact they have in the urban environment.
The trees in this scenario are next to a roadway by a café. The rootbridge is hidden – it is beneath the block paving, but forms the vital foundation to take the vehicular loading required in that location, while protecting the soil from compaction. The trees look healthy and are flourishing, despite the hard surfacing around them.