When is a tree not a tree? HS2 Ltd and their contractors have their own ideas.

As a trainee volunteer hedgerow surveyor, I was taught that it’s a tree if it’s over 5 metres and if it’s under, it’s a shrub.  That’s one definition.

In 2009, Mr Justice Cranston gave a ruling in the High Court on what a tree is, a totally different definition:

High Court gives Important Guidance on What is a Tree

However, HS2 Ltd and their contractors apparently have a third view, as an arboriculturist explains in the video, and in practical terms they can cut down what everyone else would call a tree!