Letter: Briefly

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The Independent Online
THE caption to one photograph in Helen Chappell's article on urban tree neglect ('Lost in the concrete jungle', Review, 13 March) reads: 'sawn-off stumps are all that remain on many streets'.

But these trees are being cared for. This is pollarding, a long-accepted, regular method of shaping which is particularly useful for town trees.

Next spring a halo of branches will grow from the cut branches and in a year or two the trees will be an attractive shape.

Marian Horner, Balsham, Cambridge