Urban green space is linked to happiness in 60 countries worldwide.
We’re more likely to go out for a walk or other exercise if there are trees around.
Being around trees reduces blood pressure, as little as 3-4 mins does the trick!
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).
Workers with a view of nature at work take 23% less sick leave, and have greater job satisfaction.
A single tree delivers £1,200 to £8,000 of benefit over a period of 50 years.
People will spend up to 12% more on goods or services in areas with trees.
Trees shelter buildings, reducing heating energy use by 20-50% in winter, and air conditioning use by 30% in summer.
Properties in a tree-lined area are worth up to 18% more than in similar areas without trees.
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:
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
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
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
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:
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
A mature tree absorbs 450 litres of water through its roots each day, as well as collecting rainwater through its leaves.
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