Environmental Benefits of Trees
- Half a hectare of trees produce enough oxygen for 18 people every day and keeps pollutants in check.
- Trees absorb and deflect sunlight which cools the air and alters rainfall patterns.
- Trees act as natural water filters and help reduce runoff, soil erosion and flooding.
- Trees absorb sound waves, reducing noise pollution.
- Trees create natural environments which attract and provide habitats for birds and other wildlife.
Economic Benefits of Urban Trees
- Trees planted around a home reduce cooling and heating costs by as much as 30 percent.
- Healthy trees can add up to 15 percent to residential property values.
- Greenspace encourages outdoor activity
- Community trees affect storm water control, transportation and air quality.
- Streets with little or no shade need to be repaved twice as often as those with tree cover.
Health Benefits of Urban Trees
- Greener surroundings encourage outdoor physical activity.
- Children, especially with ADHD, who spend more time outside pay better attention inside.
- Trees filter airborne pollutants and reduce the conditions causing asthma.
- Asthma incidents increase in urban communities where trees are eliminated in favour of new roads, homes or commercial developments.
- Research shows that post-operative hospital stays are shortened when patients have a view of trees and open spaces.
Social Benefits of Urban Trees
- Common community spaces foster social interaction between neighbours.
- Urban forests, parks, and open spaces offer places to walk, run, bike, and hike.
- Less violence occurs in shaded urban public housing according to Sullivan and Kuo (1996).
- Trees are associated with memories of past events such as a favourite tree climbed as child
- Trees provide privacy, reduce glare and direct pedestrian traffic.
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