I love trees and I’m very sad when I see those butchers…oh yeh tree surgeons, cutting away at beautiful noble tall trees.
TREES ARE MENTION IN THE QURAN AND SUNNAH
I live near County Kilburn in London and there is an avenue that amazingly high tall tress and in spring it was a sight to behold, these tresses were at least 50 metres tall, now the local council has cut not only directed the cutting tops off the trees but clipped back all the branches and in winter coming into spring, now they look like kids who have had a really bad home hair cut rather than the aero-dynamic streamline shape that they naturally are.
I grew up on a generation where “hug a tree” was a motto and here’s why trees are so important for our human existence
The following are snippets taken from The Royal Parks website.
REASONS WHY TREES ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR EXISTENCE
Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.
Not only are trees essential for life, but as the longest living species on earth, they give us a link between the past, present and future.
It’s critical that woodlands, rainforests and trees in urban settings, such as parks, are preserved and sustainably managed across the world. Play your part and adopt the trees in The Royal Parks today.
TREES BENEFIT HEALTH
The canopies of trees act as a physical filter, trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air – removing up to 1.7 kilos per tree annually. They also provide shade from solar radiation and reduce noise.
Over 20 species of British trees and shrubs are known to have medicinal properties. The oil from birch bark, for example, has antiseptic properties.
Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, your blood pressure will drop, your heart rate will slow and your stress levels will come down.
TREES BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT
Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon that they store in their wood helps slow the rate of global warming.
They reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It is estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°c.
TREES ABSORB FLOOD WATER
Trees also help prevent flooding and soil erosion, absorbing thousands of litres of storm water.
TREES BOOST WILDLIFE
General Trees host complex micro-environments. When young, they offer habitation and food to amazing communities of birds, insects, lichen and fungi. When ancient, they also provide the hollow cover needed by species such as bats, wood-boring beetles, tawny owls and woodpeckers.
One mature oak can be home to as many as 500 different species. Richmond Park is full of such trees – which is one of the reasons why it has been designated a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
TREES STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES
Trees strengthen the distinctive character of a place and encourage local pride. Urban woodland can be used as an educational resource and to bring groups together for activities like walking and bird-watching. Trees are also invaluable for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure.
TREES GROW THE ECONOMY
People are attracted to live, work and invest in green surroundings. Research shows that average house prices are between 5%-18% higher where properties are close to mature trees and companies benefit from a healthier, happier workforce if there are parks and trees nearby.
TREES PROTECT THE FUTURE
Soon, for the first time in history, the number of people with homes in cities will outstrip those living in the countryside – so parks and trees will become an even more vital component of urban life. We must respect them and protect them for the future.