Why Trees Matter
Here are some of the many reasons why trees matter:
By filtering polluted air, shading out harmful solar radiation and providing attractive, calming settings for recreation, trees can have a positive effect on the incidence of asthma, skin cancer and stress-related illnesses.
A more successful local economy
Trees help to create jobs. They encourage inward investment and can increase property values by up to 18%.
A better local climate
The shelter and shade from trees can save up to 10% of the energy needed to heat and cool nearby buildings. In car-parks, a good tree canopy is especially effective in keeping vehicles cool in summer. Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon that they store in their wood helps to reduce the rate of global warming.
Enhanced landscape quality
Trees can bring out the best in an area's local character. They provide a sense of place and establish a living link between the past, the present and the future.Trees soften the hard edges of built-up areas, making them greener, more attractive and welcoming.
More sustainable communities
When communities play an active part in caring for their local trees and woods, it helps to build more confidence and shared enjoyment.
Tree roots help to bind the soil together and prevent erosion. The leaves and twigs of trees slow down the rate at which rainwater hits the ground and this helps to reduce the likelihood of localised flash flooding.
Richer and more accessible wildlife
Trees play a vital role in urban eco-systems by helping to support a great variety of wildlife which people can enjoy close to home.