Trees offer a multitude of benefits to our environment, our economy and even to our health. Living with trees makes our world is cleaner, healthier and more beautiful!
The benefits of trees are so many, imagine your local park without trees, imagine how polluted the air would be without them, imagine a world without apples! Well thanks to planting of trees over many centuries we have lots of trees to admire in our towns and villages. So the question is can we ever have enough trees? Let us explain why we think the answer is we can never have enough trees!
Environmental benefits of trees:
For every 10,000 miles you drive it takes 7 trees to remove the amount of carbon dioxide produced if your car is fuel efficient at 40 miles per gallon. Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and release oxygen back into the air. One large tree can supply enough oxygen each day to sustain 4 people.
Trees clean our air by absorbing CO2 and other odours and pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide from the air and will release oxygen in turn. Trees also help to filter particles out of the air by trapping them on their bark and leaves
Trees absorb lots of water and in turn reduce severity of flooding and surface run off from storms. This decreases soil erosion and accumulation of sediment in our streams. Trees increase ground water recharge and reduce the number of potentially harmful chemicals in our rivers and streams.
Trees provide wood by giving us a sustainable source of fuel and craft wood
Trees provide shelter:
Trees can reduce UVB exposure by about 50% therefore providing protection to children playing and providing an ideal spot in the shade for a summer picnic!
Deciduous trees can block sunlight in summer but allow sunlight to warm your home in Winter.
Evergreen trees can be used to reduce wind speed and thus loss of heat from your home in Winter by as much as 10% – 50%. Not to mention, anything that reduces wind speed will also help protect your home from the damage that wind can cause.
Trees provide a habitat for wildlife:
Sycamore and oak trees are two of many species that will provide excellent urban homes for birds, bees and other garden wildlife.
Trees block things we don’t want to be seen:
Trees can be used to hide unsightly views, such as a concrete wall or other unattractive views in the distance. They will create a more pleasant environment around your home. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare and a well placed tree can reduce noise by as much as 40%.
Trees increase property values:
The beauty of a well planted property and its surrounding neighbourhood can raise property values by as much as 15%. All you need to do is look around and you will see for yourself the good feelings evoked by a property with a well thought out planting scheme.
Trees create economic opportunities:
Trees not only provide food for birds and wildlife, they can also provide food for humans. Fruit harvested from trees can be sold in your local farmers market or can be used as an ingredient to make something entirely wonderful such as Longueville Artisan Cider which hails from a local 25 acre orchard in the heart of the Blackwater Valley in North Cork.
Studies have shown that patients with a view of trees from their hospital window heal faster and with less complications. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue and so provides an ideal environment for students studying for exams.
Trees mark the seasons:
Trees in autumn can provide a blast of fiery colour, sleepy in Winter, awakening in Spring and full and green in summer. Trees are like a clock on the seasons, counting up to summer and down to winter providing interest and variety every step of the way.