Wild spaces are increasingly in peril due to population expansion. More open space is being used to provide the infrastructure for the needs of all the new residents and more and more land is converted into blacktop, buildings and roads. The importance of trees can’t be measured but we know that their loss will have heavy implications for our environment locally as well as globally.
Some of the major benefits of trees in urban spaces directly affect our well being by improving our air, producing oxygen as a by-product of photosynthesis, as well as absorbing harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide therefore helping us prevent climate change. Their foliage filters dust and pollen. They reduce flooding by absorbing run off. Help us save energy by providing shade and shelter our homes from harmful winds.
Trees also increase biodiversity, they are crucial for many species of birds and small animals providing habitat, food and shelter. When a tree is in bloom it attracts many insects and pollinators to their nectar which in turn help birds feed their chicks during nesting season. We can help our environment and improve the ecology of our surrounding landscapes by incorporating trees around our homes.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”