Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:14
if you investigate uk's empty house problem you will find that a huge proportion are being held as investments by out of country money. apparently uk tax laws make it very attractive to own the property and not care whether it is occupied or not. the same laws make it desirable for rich foreigners-saudi princes, russian oligarchs and such , to buy london property and leave it vacant. a lot of social pressures and not just in the uk, are being caused by the quite astounding wealth of the world's top one tenth of one percent-that is still 7 million people-and the fact that they all want property in the desireable places. that said-yes trees are more important.