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Street Trees make us happier and healthier

  • Trees make us feel happy

Urban green space is linked to happiness in 60 countries worldwide.

Source: https://www.treehugger.com/urban-green-space-affects-happiness-worldwide-5190345

  • Trees encourage us to be active

We’re more likely to go out for a walk or other exercise if there are trees around.

Source: https://nhsforest.org/benefits

  • Trees reduce stress

Being around trees reduces blood pressure, as little as 3-4 mins does the trick!

Source: https://www.treesforcities.org/stories/5-reasons-to-make-spending-time-with-trees-your-new-years-resolution

  • Trees reduce the risk of depression

People who live in tree-lined streets are less likely to be prescribed anti-depressants.

Source: Marselle, M.R., Bowler, D.E., Watzema, J. et al. Urban street tree biodiversity and antidepressant prescriptions. Sci Rep 10, 22445 (2020).

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79924-5

  • If we can see nature, we enjoy work more

Workers with a view of nature at work take 23% less sick leave, and have greater job satisfaction.

Source: https://www.bitc.org.uk/toolkit/the-power-of-nature-for-employee-wellbeing/

Money might actually grow on trees

  • Each tree brings a benefit of up to £8,000 during its lifetime

A single tree delivers £1,200 to £8,000 of benefit over a period of 50 years.

Source: https://www.uk100.org/blog/2021/07/money-does-grow-them-planting-trees-could-benefit-economy-ps366-million-and-create

  • Street trees increase shopper spending

People will spend up to 12% more on goods or services in areas with trees.

Source: https://greenblue.com/gb/encouraging-increase-in-retail-sales-with-urban-trees/

  • Trees help save money

Trees shelter buildings, reducing heating energy use by 20-50% in winter, and air conditioning use by 30% in summer.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/oct/12/importance-urban-forests-money-grow-trees

  • Trees increase property values

Properties in a tree-lined area are worth up to 18% more than in similar areas without trees.

Source: https://greenblue.com/gb/how-trees-increase-property-values/

Trees – the climate change warriors on our doorstep

  • They tackle climate change

In a year, a tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide, helping to keep the planet cooler.

Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis – The Guardian, 04/07/2019:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/04/planting-billions-trees-best-tackle-climate-crisis-scientists-canopy-emissions

Research: The global tree restoration potential, by Jean-François Bastin, Thomas W. Crowther et al: https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.aax0848

  • They create cleaner air

Over a season, a tree can produce enough oxygen for 10 people to breathe.

Levine, J. G., Y. Brown, and A. R. MacKenzie, 2021. Green Infrastructure for Roadside Air Quality (GI4RAQ) Guidance & Decision Tree: An evidence-based approach to reducing roadside exposure to road transport pollution. Developed by the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, University of Birmingham, and Transport for London. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003398

  • They absorb pollution

Trees absorb toxins and airborne pollutants through their leaves.

Estimating the removal of atmospheric particulate pollution by the urban tree canopy of London, under current and future environments, by Matthew Tallis, Gail Taylor, Danielle Sinnett, Peter Freer-Smith: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0169204611002349?via%3Dihub

  • They keep us cool

Trees provide shade and a cooling effect from their leaves. Streets without trees can be up to 7°C hotter!

Urban ‘heat island’ effect could intensify climate change, making cities up to 7C warmer – The Independent, 29/05/2017: https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/urban-heat-island-cities-climate-change-worse-global-warming-7-degrees-cool-roofs-pavements-a7761846.html

When a single tree makes a difference – Science Daily, 12/07/2021:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/07/210712183310.htm

Research: Spatial configuration and time of day impact the magnitude of urban tree canopy cooling, by Michael Alonzo, Matthew E Baker, Yuemeng Gao and Vivek Shandas: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac12f2

  • They protect us from floods

A mature tree absorbs 450 litres of water through its roots each day, as well as collecting rainwater through its leaves.

Source: https://www.treesforcities.org/stories/trees-in-our-cities-10-reasons-we-need-to-plant-more

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ukgwa/20100702215619/http://archive.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/pittreview/thepittreview/final_report.html

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/flooding/

https://theecologist.org/2019/mar/14/planting-trees-tackle-flooding

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Cassandra Oliver – Marketing and Communications Manager

cassandra@treesforstreets.org

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