Rob, there is a really sad story unfolding in the coroners court here about a young girl whose car was struck by a falling branch from a grey box growing right along side a main arterial road.
Unfortunately she died as a result of severe head injuries.
The tree has been subject to safety complaints to the council as it has a history of dropping limbs. It's unclear if any action was taken, regardless the tree still stands and in my mind is a testament to how well intentioned policy has gone wrong.
It seems public safety and community well being come ahead of trees even in built up areas and tree conservation has reached ridiculous levels.
Lets hope some common sense returns to the conservation debate, I'm not holding my breath though.
"Working to a rigidly defined method of doubt and uncertainty"