Like many tree care professionals, I am passionate about the wider environment and ecology. I appreciate the battles to be faced retaining the treasures that we have. There are those who see trees as an obstacle to development and an undeveloped meadow as an unfulfilled opportunity. I disagree. I don’t agree that ‘progress’ is automatically a good thing, to be embraced. Where we have treasures, their often irreplaceable qualities need to be emphasised. If something is not a treasure, we should recognise this.