The Benefits of Trees
Some of these benefits are tangible and can be readily appreciated by the 5 senses; others are intangible but nevertheless very real. Some of these benefits are outlined below.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide, act as carbon sinks and produce oxygen.
They absorb and filter dust and pollutant gases, including carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide.
They act as acoustic barriers reducing noise levels.
They provide shade from the summer sun and shelter from the winter rain.
The presence of trees can increase the value of property by 5%-18%.
The protection afforded by trees reduces the energy required to heat buildings in the winter and cool them in the summer, which in turn reduces the consumption of fossil fuels.
Trees provide employment from planting and maintenance to harvesting the many products we all enjoy regularly.
Trees give a sense of history, continuity, relaxation, well-being and reduce stress levels.
They provide a social focal point and place of meeting.
Trees provide recreation and education.
They enrich the senses through sight and sound, taste, touch and smell.
Trees, alive or dead, are an essential habitat for insects, birds, mammals, fungi and other plants.
They visually soften an otherwise harsh urban environment.
Tree canopies slow up rainfall and the root systems absorb moisture which helps to reduce flash flooding.
They mark the changing of the seasons with spring flowers, summer foliage, autumn fruit and bare winter branches.