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