Benefits of Trees

 

Trees provide numerous benefits to our community both environmental and economic.

They create a sense of place and beauty, protect and enhance our environment, improve our health and wellbeing and connect us to our history and culture.

 

Environmental Benefits

 

Trees clean the air and provide oxygen. A single mature tree can absorb up to 27kg of carbon dioxide each year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support two people.  

 

Trees provide shade protecting people and property and reducing energy consumption.

 

Trees cool the streets and the city, protecting the vulnerable such as children and the elderly by reducing the incidents of 'urban heat islands', areas of extreme heat.

 

Trees remove air-borne pollutants by absorbing them through the leaf surface as well as capturing and removing particles from the air.  

 

Tree canopies, trunks and root structures filter pollution out of stormwater and reduce the amount of pollution that is washed into drains and catchment areas

 

Trees reduce erosion by intercepting and reducing rainfall and runoff.

 

Trees provide habitat and food sources for urban animals.

Economic Benefits

 

The shade provided by trees protects pavements, cars and buildings. Shading asphalt pavement can extend its life, reducing Council’s infrastructure costs and saving ratepayer’s money. 

 

Trees improve the economic performance of the city by increasing the attractiveness of business and tourism areas. 

 

Trees reduce energy consumption, through shading and reducing 'urban heat islands'.  

 

Shops, apartments and housing in well-planted areas usually attract higher rents and sale prices. 

Health and Wellbeing Benefits

 

Street tree canopies can shade pedestrians, diminish traffic nose, screen unwanted views and reduce glare. 

 

Trees provide a buffer between pedestrians and cars

 

Trees create a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. Hospital patients are shown to recover quicker and with fewer complications when in rooms with views of trees. Workers and students are shown to be more productive when their environments have views of trees.  

 

Studies show a strong correlation between well-planted areas and reduced social services, domestic violence and strengthened community ties.  

 

Trees can define suburbs and provide a link to our history and culture. 

 

Trees contribute to the overall urban character of a suburb.

 

Street trees contrast with apartments and larger buildings. 

 

Trees provide natural beauty and a sense of place.

 

Trees provide a sense of peace and calm and have provided the space for human retreat throughout the ages.

 

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