Trees. Sometimes you hardly notice they’re there, as you’re so accustomed to the lush green avenues in our cities, or the hedgerows that line our country roads, peppered with mature trees. But what if they weren’t there?
Without our lungs, breathing in oxygen and breathing out carbon dioxide, we’d collapse – we simply couldn’t survive. Think of our trees as the Earth’s green lungs – filtering out all the impurities and turning carbon dioxide into clean, pure oxygen. The more we plant, the stronger this carbon cycle, and the greater the wildlife habitat, replenishing and rejuvenating nature and helping keep our climate healthy.
Not only are trees beautiful (we wouldn’t swap the British countryside for anything) and they clean the air, but they have can improve our health and reduce crime, too. Studies show a patient gazing onto a green, lush vista filled with trees helps them heal faster. A natural, green environment helps concentration and reduces fatigue, too.
Consider our urban environments – what would you rather see in our cities? A bare, barren wasteland or a parkland, planted public space or an avenue of trees? Not only do planted neighbourhoods have lower crime rates, people gain a greater sense of pride in their community if their landscape is tended and natural.
Throw in the economic benefits of timber production, wood for fuel and crafts. Think of how trees can be a simple and effective source of income by planting on unused and uninhabitable land. A woodland can cost less to manage than open space, too. Our humble trees become of vital importance in the well-being of our health, economy and sustainable outlook.
And the result?