Trees, the largest plants on earth, are vital for life. They provide us with oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give habitat to wildlife as well as yielding material for tools and building. As the longest living species on the planet, they give us a link to the past and the future.
It is essential that woodlands, rainforests and trees in urban areas are preserved and sustainably managed.
•Absorb pollutants from the air
•Provide shade from solar radiation
•Reduce noise pollution
•Some have medicinal properties, e.g. the oil from birch bark has antiseptic properties
Within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, research has shown that:
•your blood pressure drops
•your heart rate slows
•your stress level lowers
The Environment Benefits
•Absorb carbon dioxide
•Slow the rate of global warming
•Reduce wind speeds
•Cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards.
•Prevent flooding and soil erosion
•Host complex microhabitats
•Sites for reproduction
•Strengthen the distinctive character of a place
•Encourage local pride
•Bring groups together for activities like walking and nature watching
•Children can play and discover their sense of adventure
The Economy Benefits
•People are attracted to live, work and invest in green surroundings
•Presence of green spaces raises house prices
•Workers are healthier and happier if there are parks and trees nearby
The Future Benefits
Before long, for the first time, the amount of people with homes in cities will outnumber those living in the country. Parks and trees will become even more essential for urban living. We must respect them and protect them for the future.