Thought-Provoking Facts and Figures About Our Oldest Citizens... Trees!

 
 
Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They help keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade and help make our landscapes look breathtaking.
 
  • It has been estimated that in 50 years one tree recycles more than £60,000 worth of water, provides £50,000 worth of erosion control, £100,000 worth of air pollution control, and produces £60,000 worth of oxygen.
  • Two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four.
  • Trees help reduce the "greenhouse effect" by absorbing CO2. One acre of trees removes 2.6 tons of CO2 per year.
  • Well placed trees help cut energy costs and consumption by decreasing air conditioning costs by 10-50% & reducing heating costs as much as 4-22%.
  • Trees increase property values by 5-20% due to their landscaping value.
  • A healthy tree can have a value up to £10,000.
  • The average tree in an urban/ city area has a life expectancy of only 8 years.
  • Hospital patients heal faster, require shorter stays and fewer painkillers if their room window faces trees.

  • The largest individual tree in the world is a Giant Redwood called "General Sherman". It is about 275 foot tall with a girth of 85 foot. It is estimated to have a volume of 52,500 cubic feet.

  • The world's tallest tree is a Coast Redwood in California at 360 foot.

  • A fully-grown Oak in the UK grows - and sheds - 250,000 leaves every year and produces around 50,000 acorns in a good year.

 
It is easy to forget how essential trees are to our everyday lives. Please ensure you take good care of the trees & plants on your area of land.
 

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