“The Incredible Benefits of our Urban Forests”
The Urban Tree Festivl kicks off today.
The Sid Valley is wonderfully wooded
The Sid Valley has 23.2% canopy cover, provided by an estimated 405,000 trees. Average for southwest England 11.2%.
But perhaps we can do more:
Especially in bringing more trees into town:
Which is very much one of the main aims of the Sid Valley’s “civic arboretum”:
Today marks the first day in a 10-day festival of trees in towns:
With all sorts of events online:
With all sorts of urban tree projects on show in London, including a wonderful one from Hackney:
Meanwhile, in Exeter, there is the excellent consultancy used by the Sidmouth Arboretum for its researches:
Which included the excellent i-Tree Eco project:
FInally, why plant trees in towns?
Here’s a wonderful list –
Health and wealth: In Toronto, researchers found that people living on tree-lined streets reported health benefits equivalent to being seven years younger or receiving a $10,000 (£7,500) salary rise
Lowers crime: Areas with higher vegetation cover have lower rates of crime, and littering