In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, trees are the silent sentinels of our homes, schools and offices. Are you aware of the trees in your neighbourhood? If one had to be removed, would you notice?
But trees do so much more than simply watch over us. In cities and suburbs, trees bring enormous benefits to our physical, mental and environmental health. And you may be surprised to learn that trees bring economic benefits too. Here are some of the many reasons why we need trees:
Trees are good for the environment
That may seem like an obvious statement to make, but it’s true. Trees have the ability to moderate the local climate and can cool the surrounding air by 2°C – 8°C. Not only do they provide buildings with shade, they create natural windbreaks; keeping crowded cities cool and comfortable.
Trees also play an important role in purifying the air and water, filtering out urban pollutants. They trap carbon dioxide and play a critical role in mitigating the effects of climate change. Mature trees help to regulate the flow of water and even improve its quality. It’s no wonder that cities without trees become unpleasant to live and work in.
Trees are valuable
Planting a tree close to a large window will reduce the amount of sunlight that enters the room, keeping it cool in summer. If the tree is deciduous, it will lose its leaves in colder months allowing more light to enter and warm the room. That can help to cut down your use of air-conditioners in summer and heaters in winter.
In fact, trees planted around buildings can save the energy required for heating and cooling by as much as 50%
But it doesn’t stop there. A suburban home with mature trees can increase the value of your property by as much as 20%. And it’s no secret that homes in tree-lined avenues are considered more valuable and desirable.
Trees provide a clear economic value to both suburb homes and large buildings in cities.
Trees make us feel better
When you’re surrounded by concrete and glass, no matter how attractive it is, the mere sight of something green and natural can lift your spirits. Office workers who have a view of trees from their window have reported feeling less stressed and more satisfied with their jobs.
Trees have an effect on our physiology: increasing energy levels, reducing blood pressure and help to speeding up recovery from illness. Simply being around trees makes us feel better both physically and mentally.
In cities, trees provide habitat, food and protection for both plants and animals. They contribute to biodiversity and make cold, sterile cities feel warmer and friendlier.
You cannot ignore the positive contribution that trees in urban and metropolitan areas make to our lives. They beautify our spaces and provide us with a sense of privacy and security. Trees do require regular maintenance to ensure they remain healthy and structurally sound. So the next time you rush out the door, take a moment to appreciate everything your trees do for you. You might want to set up a regular appointment with a professional tree feller for some essential tree maintenance.