I recently read an article from the AA: “‘Killer’ Trees: Collisions with trees account for one in 12 road deaths”, quoting Andrew Howard – the AA Head of Road Safety. I have often thought that the planting of suitable trees or bushes at the sides of roads would save lives.
Earlier this summer on Countryfile, the elder grower Edmund Brown was featured. He bred plants in particular strains that were suitable for the product he needed. I suggest that this man and others are approached to find out if it is possible to find strains of elder that have weaker trunks. The reasons for this are:
1) It should be possible to find or breed a strain of elder with a weak trunk, which does not cause serious injury or death when people run into them when driving cars.
2) If planted far enough from busy roads, the flowers would help bees, butterflies and other insects.
3) The flowers can be made into various products, such as elderflower cordial.
4) The fruit, elderberries, can be made into wine.
5) The elder trees would cost less money to prune, compared to many other trees.
D Goodwin Stockton Brook, Staffordshire