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It pays to plant and care for trees as they benefit our environment in many ways. Read on to know some of the environmental benefits of trees.

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1) Carbon Dioxide Removal

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) makes up a large amount of the thick gases congesting our atmosphere, wherein heat shines through to the planet and is unable to escape, thus warming the planet over time. Trees trap greenhouse gas and keep the atmosphere from heating up and so the planet stays cooler. They also remove carbon dioxide from the air, store it inside their wood, and turns it into fresh oxygen through photosynthesis.

2) Heat Island Effect

Trees help cool and reduce hot spots so people can breathe easier. The heat island effect happens in paved areas or in places with plenty of buildings where the summer heat is reflected and intensified, increasing air temperatures and making it hard for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases to breathe. Trees reduce the heat island effect by keeping the sun from reaching heat-absorbing pavements and roads, shading concrete, asphalt and other surfaces that usually absorb heat from the sun, and releasing water vapor into the air.

3) Air Quality

By reducing air temperatures, trees also reduce the emission of polluting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from both plants and human sources, like gasoline. Trees remove pollution from the air temporarily by catching tiny particles on their leaves and branches and tree leaves also absorb gaseous pollutants. We are able to breathe cleaner air because of the trees around us.

4) Energy Use

Strategically placed trees can be used to heat and cool homes and other buildings. This also helps reduce energy demand and at the same time lessens pollution emissions from power plants.

5) Reduction of Stormwater

Trees can reduce the volume of stormwater that runs into sewers by catching rainfall on their leaves, stems, and barks. It is estimated that around 100 mature trees intercept about 250,000 gallons of rainfall per year in their crowns, thus reducing runoff of polluted stormwater.

6) Helping Wildlife

This actually applies to domestic gardens and large parks. Trees are unequaled when it comes to the support they give to all varieties of local British wildlife, from mammals and birds to amphibians. Hedging particularly creates corridors for wildlife and safe zones for them to live in an otherwise hostile urban surrounding. Fruit trees provide edible food for mammals while plants producing berries help sustain birds throughout the entire year.

During winter time, birds will nest in the canopies whilst mammals will live in the undergrowth of evergreen hedging. Hibernating animals like frogs, hedgehogs, and toads will tuck themselves under the pile of shed leaves from deciduous trees for warmth and security.

Trees definitely provide a lot of benefits in terms of care for the endangered British wildlife and environmental cooling, both of which are undergoing an upsetting decline. Let us all keep in mind, be it in a small piece of personal property or on a wider urban scale, there’s plenty of benefits in planting and protecting trees.